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 Keith Ashdown - “Most other lobbyists would give up their second lung to get that kind of access. It's not always illegal, but it's definitely a strategy of influence that's unparalleled.”
 Keith Ashdown - “I have better things to do than hunting around for where the money is hidden, ... We would rather the government be doing this, creating a one-stop shop. Is that really too much to ask”
 Keith Ashdown - “This shows the best government contractors don't always get hired, the most politically influential do. We need to strive for more competitive bidding.”
 Keith Ashdown - “The secrecy is awful. We've created a system where we choose how government spends money based on the strength of your politician and not the need of your district.”
 Keith Ashdown - “You know how they call Vancouver 'North Hollywood' Well, Alaska could become 'North North Hollywood,'”
 Keith Ashdown - “I don't know how people wouldn't feel uncomfortable with the idea that money is being wasted there and it's not being used for the war on terror and protecting the homeland.”
 Keith Ashdown - “He's basically judge, jury and executioner for all this money.”
 Keith Ashdown - “We've been in budgetary La-La Land.”
 Keith Ashdown - “If you're a lobbyist, you've got the Washington version of the scarlet letter tattooed on your back right now.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “We have to make their livelihoods viable, get them the proper prices for their produce, try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “We have invented a new human right here - the right to return home after a war.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “My first job has been to do the best thing for the Bosnian people. Not for the Serbs, the Bosniaks or Croats, but the people as a whole.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “It's not my job to be popular. I'm goal-driven my job is to get results.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “I've had much nastier things said about me in the British press than in the Bosnian press.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “I was told there would be riots in the streets, but there were no riots.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “I can establish the expectation of retributive justice. Have we done that No.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “I can create institutions, but I can't rewrite the chips in people's heads.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “I shall go home now. You have to know when your time is up. I knew that with the Liberal Democrats, and I know that now, in Bosnia.”
 Keith Ashdown - “Transparency is the best disinfectant. If they would disclose everything and give the public time to review it, that would change the discourse dramatically.”
 Keith Ashdown - “They're not really sure if they're going to get anything that actually will work in a real-time effort like Iraq. It's frustrating in that most taxpayers are going to say we need to keep our troops safe.”
 Brayden Ashdown - “We've had the team to win it. I think we have it again this year. We just need to be confident. I think we've gone into those games too timid.”
 Paddy Ashdown - “It works both ways there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.”

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