(1983, Addressing a fringe meeting and ASTMS union members (Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs)),

"You've got to have a socialist perspective. Now, the word socialism is spat out on the media as if it was a sort of disease. They get a picture of somebody, sometimes me, with his hands out and his eyes open,"SOCIALISM!" they say, and the children are put to bed (laughs in audience) and Mother has another Ovaltine and settles down to her novel from the Boots library, and people hope it'll all go away.But that's not how it's pronounced. It is a social-ism. It's about trying to construct a society round production from need and not just for profit! Around meeting people's needs, that's what it's about!"