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Issue No. 2146

‘We could face situations where chief executives of companies are, as in France recently, taken hostage by protesters.’
Lisa Patmore, partner at Pinsent Masons law firm explaining that as economic conditions deteriorate, workers are more likely to take matters into their own hands

‘Occupying a factory can be effective: visibility is high and you can deny an employer access to plant, machinery and offices.’
Brian Groom, Financial Times columnist offers a warning to bosses as workers’ anger grows during the recession

‘This is a land of opportunity. You need to seize the opportunity and do more in Iraq.’
Lord Mandelson, the business secretary urging British companies to invest in Iraq

‘There is a welcome mat out for British business.’
Lord Mandelson leading a business delegation to Iraq

‘A decade ago, most homeless people around here were single, mostly male, and many with drug and alcohol problems. Now the majority are intact families – couples with children.’
Sue Rose, community service director at the McHenry county housing authority in Woodstock, US

‘Whatever you think about bringing down capitalism, you can’t argue with those strong fonts.’
The Populist column in last weekend’s Guardian on the Socialist Worker placards at the G20 protests

‘We are not out of the woods of the food crisis.’
Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Programme

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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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