I can't understand why anyone would want to live the life of a politician if you can't say pretty much what you think. You are not in it for the money: there's unremitting pressure on your life, you give up so much of your privacy. It can only be because of the things you want to do and the things you want to say.
I actually think the civil service, who are the malignancy at the heart of public life, have consciously prevented, talked ministers out of, made it difficult regulatory-wise, to allow more pressure on alternative energy sources to grow.
When I'm sifting the compost seed or pruning, I argue over issues in my head; I talk to myself.
If women had never been given the right to vote, then Labour would have won every election after the war.
I would like to sound like James Mason. I reckon if I'd had a better voice I could have been prime minister. It is the most irritating voice in public life.
My administration will tackle these issues in consultation with the black communities of London.
I've got people handling the media. I employ at the moment two people. No-one is paying income tax on the money they use to employ people.
I undertake that, in the exercise of my functions of that office I will have regard to any guidance with respect to ethical standards issued by the secretary of state under Section 66 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.
World wide capitalism kills more people everyday then Hitler did. And he was crazy.
Working with the Jewish community is essential to me and what I stand for.
I spent the 1960s and 1970s seeking myself - the working-class tradition of self-education.
I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business. I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it.
Give me the whole world to run and then I'll be happy. If tomorrow I was told I had to sort out the whole world's problems I'd sleep like a baby.
I have met the people who run the world, and I am not in awe of them.
I employed my wife for three years to sit in the attic and type up my autobiography, 700 pages, organise everywhere I go. I'm paying the normal rate of tax on the money I take out for myself.
Polling in a general election is pretty accurate, because turnout is usually high.
The world is run by monsters and you have to deal with them. Some of them run countries, some of them run banks, some of them run news corporations.
I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business.
I've always told the truth. I've often been wrong - but I've never knowingly lied. Not in public life. Because I don't see the need to.
I could not cherish London and not value Jewish London. The contribution of Jews to London is immense - politically, economically, culturally, intellectually, philanthropically, artistically.
There isn't much about my life that's been particularly conventional.
I think it's much more important to keep people in work than have pay rises.
Yes, there are lots of individual exceptions. But no one has ever done a study about voting intention without ascertaining that the biggest determining factor is your income and your wealth.
I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it. But you pay corporation tax. If you're then taking it out and spending it on yourself, you have to pay more.
If you are running a city you must focus on day-to-day problems.
I am a socialist, a believer in rational thought and the rule of law.
I've always been a workaholic. I reckon, on average, I've had less than one day a year off in my working career.
I can easily lose myself emotionally in absolute Hollywood garbage.
I'm more interested in politicians who deal with human rights in their own country rather than lecture the rest of the world.
Most people are not shocked that I am occasionally rude to journalists. They are probably amazed I don't punch one in the face.
I do explicitly see Jewish people as a people - not either a religion or an ethnicity but a people.