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Issue No. 2111

“Labour has clearly lost touch with millions of core Labour voters. It has to do something to reverse that”
Derek Simpson joint general secretary of the Unite union

“There’s starting to be a growing consensus that it’s time for us to withdraw some of our combat troops out of Iraq and deploy them here in Afghanistan”
Barack Obama the Democratic nominee for US president, whose anti-war credentials are rapidly fading

“One of the most respected leaders of our time.”
Israeli president Shimon Peres gives his assessment of Gordon Brown

“I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this brilliant statement – ‘If I had a magic wand...’ But the president doesn’t have a magic wand. You just can’t say ‘low gas’.”
George Bush attempts to make sense of the US’s economic crisis

“The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going to kill us.”
Colonel Bud Day a leading supporter of John McCain, the Republican candidate for US president. He later apologised, claiming he meant to say “terrorists” rather than “Muslims”

“This green paper proposes a simpler benefit system that... ends the injustice of people being written off on benefits for life.”
James Purnell New Labour’s work and pensions secretary, trying to put a positive spin on his draconian plans to force the sick and disabled back into work


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Who Says?
Tue 22 Jul 2008, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2111
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