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Issue No. 2120

“The world is on the brink, the market is puking all over us. There’s no capital left in the world.”
Senior London banker on the scale of the financial crisis

“This unprecedented week will prompt many people to challenge the principle of free markets... Western capitalism has a job of work to do to restore public confidence.”
Times editorial

“No one takes pleasure from people making money out of the misery of others, but that is a function of capitalist markets.”
Tory shadow chancellor George Osbourne being slightly too frank during an interview on BBC2’s Newsnight programme last week

“I remember in the 1950s arguing [that central banks would not allow the financial system to fail and plunge the economy into depression] vehemently with my friend, the late Paul Foot. I want now to say to his ghost I am no longer so sure; and I’m sorry for my dogmatism half a century ago.”
Peter Jay, Bank of England non-executive director

“Of course there are spivs and speculators out there. But before we get carried away with neo-socialist claptrap, we should remember the huge benefits brought to this country by bankers and the City of London.”
London Tory mayor Boris Johnson defends a “noble but unpopular” cause


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Who Says?
Tue 23 Sep 2008, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2120
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