50 Incredible Gordon Brown Quotes

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Gordon Brown is a British politician. He is best known for his former positions serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and also Leader of the Labour Party.

Brown has also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Blair government for an astounding period spanning over 10 years and was notably a Member of Parliament (MP).

Brown began his career in politics as a lecturer at a further education college and as a TV journalist following his Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Edinburgh. He then entered the British House of Commons when he served as the MP for Dunfermline East.

He is well known for his domestic policy initiatives which he called the ‘manifesto for change’.

Here’s a collection of the best Gordon Brown quotes:


50 Incredible Gordon Brown Quotes

1. “I find it quite unusual for people to criticize me for doing what I consider to be my duty.” – Gordon Brown

2. “Globalisation feels like a runaway train, out of control.” – Gordon Brown

3. “Cowdenbeath Football Club have always been at the center of Cowdenbeath – literally and in every aspect of community life.” – Gordon Brown

4. “Our common realm is not and cannot be stripped of values – I absolutely reject the idea that religion should somehow be tolerated but not encouraged in public life.” – Gordon Brown

5. “When something really matters, you should never give up or give in.” – Gordon Brown

6. “I love Scotland; I love the NHS. I was born into the NHS; I grew up in the NHS. My family grew up in the NHS.” – Gordon Brown

7. “Britain should be the world’s number one center for genetic and stem cell research, building on our world-leading regulatory regime in the area.” – Gordon Brown

8. “The patriotism in Britain comes from us being a leader. On jobs, on tax havens, on workers’ rights, on the environment. We can be leading Europe… and it will be to the benefit of every British citizen.” – Gordon Brown

9. “It is thanks to men and women who were totally committed to fighting fascism, people like Alan Turing, that the horrors of the Holocaust and of total war are part of Europe’s history and not Europe’s present.” – Gordon Brown


10th of 50 Gordon Brown Quotes

10. “We are being tough in saying it is a duty on the unemployed in future not only to be available for work – and not to shirk work – but also to get the skills for work. That is a new duty we are introducing.” – Gordon Brown


11. “I once wrote a book on courage and what made people courageous. I found it was a strength of belief matched by strength of willpower.” – Gordon Brown

12. “Every country is going to have to face up to globalization, but Scotland has got a unique capacity because of its history as part of a multinational state to help us deal with that problem.” – Gordon Brown

13. “I hate prejudice, discrimination, and snobbishness of any kind – it always reflects on the person judging and not the person being judged. Everyone should be treated equally.” – Gordon Brown

14. “So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.” – Gordon Brown

15. “For centuries, individuals have been learning how to live with their next-door neighbors.” – Gordon Brown

16. “We need quantitative assessments of the success of education. We need certification and qualifications both for teachers and for pupils. It is not a choice between quantity and quality, between access and excellence. Both of these will happen together if people really do believe in the importance of education to change lives.” – Gordon Brown

17. “People have now got the ability to speak to each other across continents: to join with each other in communities that are not based simply on territory, streets, but networks; and you’ve got the possibility of people building alliances right across the world.” – Gordon Brown

18. “To my astonishment, everything that I had assumed was now questioned by the findings. What started off as a search for identity that appeared to be purely Scottish in origin ended up as a discovery of my migrant roots – indeed an understanding that almost all of our families, at some stage, have been migrants – and my European roots.” – Gordon Brown

19. “The growing evidence of climate change is forcing attention on carbon emissions and their reduction.” – Gordon Brown


20th of 50 Gordon Brown Quotes

20. “In a global marketplace with its increased insecurities and – indeed often – volatility and instability, national economic stability is at a premium, the precondition for all we can achieve, and no nation can secure the high levels of sustainable investment it needs without both monetary and fiscal stability together.” – Gordon Brown


21. “America knows it has got to deal with its deficit problems so that it, too, can promise it is making its proper and best contributions to the world economy.” – Gordon Brown

22. “You need in the long run for stability, for economic growth, for jobs, as well as for financial stability, global economic institutions that make sure that growth to be sustained has to be shared, and are built on the principle that the prosperity of this world is indivisible.” – Gordon Brown

23. “Do you think that I or anybody else who cares about the NHS would stand by and do nothing if we thought the NHS was going to be privatized in Scotland and its funds were going to be cut? Would we stand back and do nothing without a fight? Of course not.” – Gordon Brown

24. “I welcome the role that people of faith play in building Britain’s future – and the Catholic communion, in particular, is to be congratulated for so often being the conscience of our country, for helping ‘the least of these’ even when bearing witness to the truth is hard or unpopular.” – Gordon Brown

25. “I am not going to the House of Lords. Never. That’s not who I am. That’s not where I am.” – Gordon Brown

26. “Our equality bill is specifically designed to protect religion and belief on exactly the same terms as race or gender or sexuality.” – Gordon Brown

27. “While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time, and we can’t put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair, and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him.” – Gordon Brown

28. “The British economy of the future must be built not on the shifting sands of boom and bust, but on the bedrock of prudent and wise economic management for the long term. It is only these firm foundations that we can raise Britain’s underlying economic performance.” – Gordon Brown

29. “Almost certainly, my ancestors had traveled by sea from Sweden to England in search of prosperity, and the evidence suggests they left Sweden around the ninth or 10th centuries.” – Gordon Brown


30th of 50 Gordon Brown Quotes

30. “Climate change is a consequence of the build-up of greenhouse gases over the past 200 years in the atmosphere, and virtually all these emissions came from the rich countries.” – Gordon Brown


31. “In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a modern Marshall Plan for the developing world.” – Gordon Brown

32. “What is happened in the years since the Second World War is not a temporary truce. It is not simply a ceasefire. Instead of battling with weapons and armaments, people battle only with arguments and ideas.” – Gordon Brown

33. “Christians do not say that people should be reduced merely to what they can produce or what they can buy – that we should let the weak go under and only the strong survive. No, we say, Do to others what you would have them do unto you.” – Gordon Brown

34. “People believe in the power of education to change lives.” – Gordon Brown

35. “If our economies are to flourish, if global poverty is to be banished, and if the wellbeing of the world’s people enhanced – not just in this generation but in succeeding generations – we must make sure we take care of the natural environment and resources on which our economic activity depends.” – Gordon Brown

36. “We should demonstrate that in war, under Churchill and Lloyd George, and in peace, Britain always was, already is, and can continue to be a leader.” – Gordon Brown

37. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe.” – Gordon Brown

38. “Take, therefore, what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally. That, in my view, gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world.” – Gordon Brown

39. “Turing was a quite brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of the Second World War could have been very different.” – Gordon Brown


40th of 50 Gordon Brown Quotes

40. “Each year India and China produce four million graduates compared with just over 250,000 in Britain.” – Gordon Brown


41. “I have to say that if our global alliances are going to be alliances with Hezbollah and Hamas and Hugo Chavez‘s Venezuela and Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there is absolutely no chance of building a worldwide alliance that can deal with poverty and inequality and climate change and financial instability, and we’ve got to face up to that fact.” – Gordon Brown

42. “It will not be a surprise to you to learn I’m more interested in the future of the Arctic Circle than the future of the Arctic Monkeys.” – Gordon Brown

43. “I’m a great supporter of the European Union. I didn’t support entry to the Euro, not because I’m against it in principle but because I didn’t think it was economically right for Britain. But that doesn’t make me any less pro-European.” – Gordon Brown

44. “I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what’s new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world.” – Gordon Brown

45. “When you’ve got a society that is diverse, what happens is for a time, the issue is integrating your minorities into that society.” – Gordon Brown

46. “We must then build a proper relationship between the richest and the poorest countries based on our desire that they are able to fend for themselves with the investment that is necessary in their agriculture so that Africa is not a net importer of food, but an exporter of food.” – Gordon Brown

47. “I am a father with young kids, and you want to know the jobs in the future are going to be there.” – Gordon Brown

48. “We must understand that the British public’s relationship with Europe is – and always has been, the sporting arena aside – about the benefits we can achieve in jobs, security, and quality of life from membership and how these benefits outweigh any disadvantages.” – Gordon Brown

49. “If you take energy and climate change, you really cannot deal with the problems with energy and climate change without European co-operation at a high level. If you take digitalization, it’s an obvious area where European co-operation can actually make a difference.” – Gordon Brown

50. “I don’t see politics as one or two people just making or delivering announcements – it’s also about winning public support and the public enthusiasm. You’ve got to win public support.” – Gordon Brown



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