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Issue No. 2179

‘I’ve got absolutely nothing against women. Who cooks my dinner? How did my wonderful children appear? Women – you can’t do without them.’
Sir Jeremy Bagge, who opposed selection of Liz Truss as Tory candidate for South West Norfolk, responds to accusations he’s anti-women

‘In fact I was worse off afterwards.’
Labour MP Stephen Dismore on claiming £34,000 expenses for his Notting Hill flat and £31,000 for a flat in his north London Hendon constituency

‘But we do know people who have had children kidnapped, which is very sad.’
Richard Scarth, who runs estate agents Property Consulting in Kabul, on the city’s booming property market

‘As far as the Iraqis were concerned, here was a nation who could put people on the moon but who could not, or would not, fix the electricity supply.’
Colonel JK Tanner, British chief of staff in Iraq from November 2003 to May 2004

‘We’re going to have to do some potentially unpopular things, like freezing public sector pay.’
Tory leader David Cameron

‘It is difficult to claim that the crisis is over when unemployment is at historic highs and getting higher still.’
Dominic Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund

‘The big issue is that people are losing their jobs more than ever and, when I tell them what they’re going to have to live on from then on, their jaws drop.’
Suman Antcliffe of Burton Citizen’s Advice Bureau


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Tue 24 Nov 2009, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2179
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