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Issue No. 2204

‘This gives me an opportunity which I would never have had before.’

Lord John Prescott this week

‘I’m against flunkery and titles… I don’t want to be a member of the House of Lords. I will not accept it.’

John Prescott two years ago

‘A final slap in the face.’

Jean Charles de Menezes’s family respond to the peerage given to Sir Ian Blair, who ran the Met when its police shot the electrician

‘It is fair to say the operation was not very successful.’

Israel’s ambassador to Britain on the flotilla raid

‘I am a Conservative, I do not have an ideological objection to businesses being involved.’

Michael Gove, Tory schools minister, wants private companies to be allowed to profit from running schools

‘A bleeding ulcer.’

US commander in Afghanistan, general Stanley McChrystal on Marjah, where Nato launched an offensive in February

‘The cost of any far‑reaching reform of welfare will probably be paid by the poorest.’

The Financial Times

‘The queen, without any shadow of a doubt, needs substantially more money.’

Tory MP Edward Leigh defends the queen’s demand for more cash—on top of the £7.9 million a year she already gets

‘We will be ready for the Rachel Corrie.’

A marine lieutenant on Israel’s Army Radio pledges to attack another aid ship

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Who Says?
Tue 1 Jun 2010, 18:54 BST
Issue No. 2204
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