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"This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing."  George W Bush Sept 15 2001

 

"Yes, well, I mean, you know, look."  Tony Blair to the Hutton enquiry. 28 August 2003.   

They said Bush was inarticulate! 

 

Referring to governments playing down the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction Mrs. Thatcher said recently:

"Indeed

"This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing."  George W Bush Sept 15 2001

 

"Yes, well, I mean, you know, look."  Tony Blair to the Hutton enquiry. 28 August 2003.   

They said Bush was inarticulate! 

 

Referring to governments playing down the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction Mrs. Thatcher said recently:

"Indeed, some politicians were happy to go further, collaborating with the self-proclaimed enemies of the West for their own short-term gain - but enough about the French."  Atlantic Bridge think tank, New York May 2003.

There must be few things so tediously misleading as the "focus group", a lot of total strangers sitting around in a room trying either to show off or recycle the fashionable clichés of the moment. Yet they are dominating the "forming of policy".  Alan Clark, The Last Diaries 9 March 1998.

 

"I will be intolerant of those who are intolerant of others". Iain Duncan Smith

 

"… I reveal myself in my true colours, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole, I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed all that much in the last ten thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings by satisfying our own egos... "
From Civilisation by Kenneth Clark.

 

"Tony Blair puts two poems in a bus shelter and calls it a university."  Victoria Wood, Dinner Ladies. 

 

Telling statistics

Last year (2002) Birmingham City Council's 50,000 employees took 895,000 days off sick.  That's 3.5 weeks each.  (Daily Mail)

 

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."  Benjamin Franklin 

 

"Why should taxpayers pay for people to get on their bikes?"  Cycling MP, Boris Johnson, on discovering that for the last four years MPs have been able to get a 7p per mile allowance if they cycle to work.    Only four out of 659 MPs claimed the allowance in 2001/2. 

 

Should know better 1

"That sort of thing repeated on a daily basis made me understand how people can become suicide bombers. I think if I had to live in that situation - and I say that advisedly - I might just consider becoming one myself."

Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Tonge referring to life in the Israeli occupied territories. 22 Jan 2004.  We can only be thankful that she is standing  down as MP for Richmond Park at the next election. 

Should know better 2

Suicide bombers "felt they had no hope but to blow themselves up".  

Cherie Blair 18 June, 2002.  At least Mrs. Blair is not an elected politician, and had the decency to apologise.  Charles Kennedy should expel Ms Tonge from his party if she does not do the same.

 

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