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Issue No. 2138

“It wasn’t until we signed our last bits of paper that we thought, why did we go quietly? Why did 30,000 of us go quietly?”
Jayne Maltman, a former Woolworths shop worker interviewed in the Guardian

“What’s happening in Lincolnshire is one of the ugliest pages in the history of the trade union movement in these globalised times – British workers against Italian workers.”
Sabina Petrucci and Nicola Nicolosi, two officials of Italy’s CGIL trade union, commenting on the recent strikes that demanded “British jobs for British workers”

“Richard Holbrooke is the diplomatic equivalent of a hydrogen bomb”
Strobe Talbott, former US deputy secretary of state. Holbrooke is Barack Obama’s new envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan

“Just looking around the world – demand is collapsing. This recession is of a different order of magnitude. We haven’t had a crisis that is this global in nature.”
Nigel Gault, managing director of economic analysis firm IHS Global Insight, commenting on severe downturns in economic growth in China and South Korea

“The British Empire was the biggest empire ever, bar none. They say that the sun never set on the British Empire – but at the Empire ball, you’ll be wishing it never rises. We invite you to celebrate the Pax Britannica and party like its 1899”
Publicity for Cambridge university’s Emmanuel College May Ball. A group of Emmanuel students are campaigning against the “British Empire” theme

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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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