Things they say
"We nicknamed Margaret Thatcher 'Daggers', short for Dagenham, because she was three stops beyond Barking."
- Civil servant in Margaret Thatcher's office
"Of course. As has every politician and every businessman in the world."
- Millionaire landowner NICHOLAS VAN HOOGSTRATEN, replying to the question of whether he has ever used violence
"The whole asylum issue has been clouded by the language that was used by the Conservative spokesman. I am thinking about 'flood'. I am thinking about 'bogus'."
- Tory STEVEN NORRIS
"How could I be against New Labour? Because after all it's what the SDP came into existence to create."
- LORD OWEN, former Labour MP, who split to form the SDP in 1981
"Why IS line management not taking action every time it happens and making it abundantly clear that governors will be sacked and area managers will be sacked?"
- SIR DAVID RAMSBOTHAM, chief inspector of prisons, responding to the rising number of suicides in prison
"It is a tribute to him and to Scottish education that he is invited to take part in conferences like this."
- SPOKESPERSON for the Scottish Executive justifying Douglas Osler, the chief inspector of schools responsible for the Higher Still exam, jetting off to Australia at the height of the exam fiasco
"Nixon was drunk and said, 'Henry we've got to nuke them'."
- Revelations by DAVID YOUNG, White House aide to Henry Kissinger in the 1960s
"Will the highways on the internet become more few?"
- GEORGE W BUSH, Republican Party presidential candidate, making no sense out on the campaign trail