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Issue No. 2200

‘She wanted me to know all my thinking was wrong and the so-called demons inside me were wrong. The session ended with her praying over me, calling out the demons. She believed homosexuality, transsexualism and addiction could be fixed by prayer.’
Abi, a teenage girl who thought she was transsexual, on her “treatment” by Philippa Stroud, a Tory candidate and head of the think-tank the Centre for Social Justice

‘I feel like I have been gagged by lefties.’
Kent BNP candidate after anti-fascists forced a church to withdraw an invitation for him to speak at a hustings

‘The first victims of the oil slick.’
The Independent newspaper describes a picture of a turtle on its front page on Tuesday. Eleven workers died in the rig explosion

‘I don’t think [the oil rig disaster] opens up a whole new series of questions, because I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last.’
US White House press secretary Robert Gibbs

‘What’s important about this sheen is that 97 percent of it is a rainbow sheen. Only 3 percent contains emulsified crude.’
US senator Mary Landieu, on the oil rig disaster. She received $574,000 from oil companies between 2000 and 2008

‘The IMF has learnt to make good use of threatening not to pay up if the borrower doesn’t play ball.’
Ciaran O’Hagan, of the Societe Generale bank, on what to do if Greek workers don’t accept massive cuts

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Tue 4 May 2010, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2200
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