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Issue No. 2211

“The private sector likes the clarity it has seen from the new government. The services that are now likely to be privatised are those such as probation and care homes.”
James Hulme of the New Local Government Network

“There could be a bonanza for private companies if these changes go according to plan.”
Jonathan Jackson at the stockbroker Killik & Co

“It should be less expensive and be good at the same time, I think that’s part of your culture and something we need to learn right throughout the country.”
David Cameron in a speech to... easyJet

“I hate buses because they are the symbol of a socialist society where people rely on the state to provide transport.”
Peter Roberts, the founder of the Taxpayers Alliance

“Much of what we have to say you might not like.”
Business secretary Vince Cable describes his plans to “reform” universities. So what else is new?

“Universities are independent institutions and cannot be directed like Soviet-era tractor factories.”
Vince Cable uses extreme analogies to justify the withdrawal of state support for higher education

“These cuts will present a severe threat to Britain’s wildlife.”
Paul de Zylva, chair of Wildlife Link, on plans to cut a third of jobs from Natural England, the government’s wildlife watchdog

“These things happen all the time.”
A BP spokesperson, on fears there is oil “seepage”

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Tue 20 Jul 2010, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2211
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