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Statements on the G20

Issue No. 2144

‘The government has put its eggs in that basket and it’s now in a very vulnerable position.’
Robin Niblett, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Gordon Brown’s attitude to the G20 summit

‘The stakes for the G20 summit are incredibly high and it cannot be allowed to fail.’
Brendan Barber, secretary of the TUC on the importance of the Put People First protest

‘The difficulty that is now emerging in relation to the G20 is that it is simply too ambitious. An exhaustive agenda has been put forward that tries to do too much.’
Former trade minister Stephen Byers on how Gordon Brown has staked too much on the summit

‘What we ask at this moment is to save the life of the world economy, not to comment about its beard.’
Kaoru Yosano, Japan’s finance minister, on the G20 summit

‘There’s enough anger out there amongst all of us who are watching what’s happening on bankers’ salaries that I think the hardliners are going to a have sympathy that they haven’t had in quite a while.’
Foreign office minister Lord Malloch-Brown on the G20 protests

‘We are in the midst of a dramatic destruction of global wealth which is not going to stop on 2 April. The downward momentum is going to take us way beyond that.’
Lord Malloch-Brown on the G20 summit

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Tue 24 Mar 2009, 17:56 GMT
Issue No. 2144
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