11/03/2014 06:21 GMT | Updated 24/03/2014 06:59 GMT

Bob Crow Dead: 9 Incredible Quotes From The Late RMT Boss

RMT union leader Bob Crow's shock death has brought an end to the life of one of Britain's most effective trade union leaders

He was known for being combative and outspoken - here are some of his most memorable quotes.

1. "What do you want me to do, sit under a tree and read books of Karl Marx every day?"

- Crow defending being snapped on holiday in Brazil

2. "I do believe they should have a pay rise".

- Crow on MPs' pay

3. "I'm not going to be hanging around for ever. I won't be one of these people like Lenin in a mausoleum."

- On standing for re-election in 2016 as RMT union leader

4. "I was born in a council house, as far as I’m concerned I will die in one.”

- Crow defends living in a council house despite his £145,000 salary

5. "The achievements of Labour in the years after the Second World War should never be underestimated, but they are now history."

- Crow on the Labour Party

6. "If you have robots build cars, how are robots going to buy them?”

- Crow on outsourcing to China

7. “Good luck to them. I have never interfered, I have never said to them do this or that.”

- Crow on if his children became bankers

8. “You keep telling us it’s an open door, but it’s a revolving door, we keep on coming out the same side we come in.”

- Crow on negotiating with Boris Johnson

9. "I wont shed one single tear over her death. She destroyed the NHS and destroyed industry in this country and as far as I'm concerned she can rot in hell."

- Crow on Margaret Thatcher's death