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Issue No. 2161

“Of course we will be operating under greater public spending constraints in the coming decade than we have in the last ten years.”
Business secretary Lord Mandelson lets slip the government’s plans for spending cuts

“I’m here to respect the young lads that have lost their lives over what I consider an unnecessary war.”
Former soldier in Wooton Bassett on 14 July

“What the devil are we doing out there? I think they are just downright rogues, this government, sending our lads out there.””
Percy Miles , a 76 year old former Royal Army Ordnance Corps soldier and mayor of Wootton Bassett

“People in the Nad Ali district are tired of ISAF [foreign troops] and Taliban. But they think that Taliban is better. When British soldiers capture a place they start checking all the houses and arrest the civilians without any reason.”
Haji Meshan Khail, a tribal elder in Helmand in Afghanistan

”The troops are tired. The American people are pretty tired.”
US defence secretary Robert Gates on Afghanistanon Afghanistan

“I am pleased that we can now go forward and fully support a Yes in the referendum on 2 October.”
John Gormley, leader of the Irish Green Party and environment minister, on his decision to vote for the pro-market Lisbon Treaty in Ireland’s re-run referendum

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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