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Issue No. 2139

‘Although we are a trade union, we are employed by the company. If they give out an instruction, it would be a brave person to defy that.’
Bernard Moss, Unite union convenor at Cowley explains why he didn’t tell union members what was going on

‘This is the biggest economic crisis since the war.’
Kaoru Yosano, Japan’s economic policy minister

‘This is the worst since 1929.’
French employment minister Laurent Wauquiez on the economic crisis

‘The horrendous industrial production data in January has left no doubt that the economy has come to a screeching halt.’
Ivan Tchakaraov, chief Russian economist for Nomura investment bank on figures that Russia’s industrial output has fallen 20 percent in a month

‘Noisily running round in circles won’t solve anything.’
Kaoru Yosano on Japan’s failing economy

‘There is no value in trying to create frenzy around these issues.’
Business secretary Lord Mandelson on Britain’s failing economy

‘We have had quite a few applications from former bankers. They seem to have discovered a higher calling.’
A treasury insider talks to the Financial Times about Alistair Darling’s plans to expand his department

‘A radioactive leak was a possibility. Worse, we could have lost the crew and warheads.’
Royal Navy officer on the collision between British and French nuclear submarines

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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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