(Quote from interview for the four part BBC Documentary about the Labour Party from 1979 to 1995. Aired December 1995),
"The term activism became a term of abuse. I mean, if you are a vicar in the church you're a Christian activist; if you're an entrepreneur you're a capitalist activist; if you're an editor of a paper you're a journalist activist. And the word activism, made, er, gave the impression of contempt for people who did anything........just to play bowls, and, or cricket, and watch telly and, 'you're just the sort of Labour man we want - we don't want any involvement, please, don't tell us what you think, your job is to get us there and shut up'."