"I have to represent the dispossessed of Grimsby and Castleford eking out their life, killing the pain of unemployment and alienation with that most effective of pain killers, heroin."
Unemployment: So you think its all over? - M'learned Friend
"This is not the way Europe should polish up its unemployment statistics: we do not have the political ambition of creating a social class of the 'working poor'."
Europe lacks jobs not skills - Wim van Velzen
"We must find ways to strengthen the hand of workers in the globalised marketplace. Our workers must have in their hands a strengthened card when they come to the job market. That strengthened card can be created by education."
Speech to Labour Party European Conference - Pauline Green