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Issue No. 2267

‘Tax evasion is morally repugnant. Those who evade taxes… are leeches on society’

Tory chancellor George Osborne. He is set to inherit £4 million from a trust fund—avoiding an estimated £1.6 million in inheritance tax


‘Do you know I’m a councillor?’

Drink-driving Tory councillor Andrew Draper as he kicks a cop in the chest. He got off with a £815 fine—unlike young people who get four years in jail for Facebook messages


‘Rogue Biscuits’

Subject line of an angry email from then RBS chief Fred “the Shred” Goodwin after pink wafers were put in the bank’s boardroom


‘You don’t have to like a dictator to like the orderliness and controls that a dictator brings’

BBC reporter John Simpson, News at Ten, Libya


‘We own it’

An unnamed British official tells the Economist about the West’s intervention in the Libyan uprising


‘A major problem in our society is children growing up without knowing the difference between right and wrong… we need more discipline in our schools’

Tory MP John Howell on the causes of the riots


‘Over the past 20 years or so, there has been a revulsion from authority and discipline... and now we all reap the whirlwind’

A Daily Express editorial in 1981


‘Over the past 25 years we in this country have cast aside the word ‘discipline’, and now we are suffering from it’

A speaker at Tory party conference in 1958


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Who Says?
Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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