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Issue No. 2137

“British jobs for British workers.”
Gordon Brown borrows an old National Front slogan for his 2007 Labour conference speech

“We know from previous downturns that a retreat to narrow, short-term protectionism policies would only serve to deepen the global recession and we must not allow that to happen again.”
Gordon Brown warning workers of the dangers of nationalism this week

“We should keep our sights set firmly not on the politics of xenophobia but on the economics of this recession.”
Peter Mandelson tells off the wildcat strikers for using Brown’s own words

“Capitalism creates wealth.”
Rupert Murdoch at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week

“British slump will be worst in developed world, says IMF.”
Murdoch’s The Times newspaper on the IMF’s evaluation of Britain’s economy

“When the scale of the damage is Gaza becomes clear, I will no longer take a vacation in Amsterdam, only at the international court in The Hague.”
An unnamed Israeli minister reported in the Haaretz newspaper on the fear that politicians and soldiers will be charged with war crimes over the assault on Gaza

“This is a rearrangement of relations between Israel and the Al Jazeera network in light of the present situation.”
An Israeli minister explains why the popular Arab news station is now a “hostile entity” and banned from entering the Gaza Strip

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Tue 3 Feb 2009, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2137
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