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Issue No. 2229

‘Ireland’s budget will start to lay the basis for a return to solid growth’
Hamish McRae writing in the Independent, December 2009, on Ireland’s supposed fiscal success

‘The Irish have rolled up their sleeves, spat on their hands and are getting on with the job. As a result, the country’s government and taxpayers have been rewarded’
Liam Halligan writing in the Telegraph in April on how we should learn from Ireland’s handling of its deficit crisis

‘We know now what 100 billion euros buys you these days. It buys you a rally that lasts a morning. Then the selling resumes’
Larry Elliott writing in the Guardian on Monday about the failure of the Irish bailout to calm the markets

‘Being in opposition is crap’
Labour leader Ed Miliband is hungry for power

‘Shame he is black’
Comment allegedly made by Tory councillor John Major (no relation) about an Asian candidate during a job interview

‘Often members of both the extended and immediate family are simply not at hand to absorb the impact of an older person’s increasing care needs’
Daily Mail’s wishes for the return of family values, where relatives care for the elderly without support from the state

‘You know it when you see it’
Tory minister Michael Gove , author of Celsius 7/7, on defining Islamic extremism

‘Children are probably safer here in Kabul than they would be in London’
Mark Sedwill , Nato civilian chief in Afghanistan

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Tue 23 Nov 2010, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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