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Things they say

Issue No. 1693

Things they say

"WE HAVE the same goals as the demonstrators-to reduce poverty all over the world."

  • STANLEY FISCHER, head of the International Monetary Fund

"THE demonstrators say the IMF is arrogant-it doesn't really listen. They'll say the IMF is secretive and insulated from democratic accountability. They'll say the IMF's economic 'remedies' often make things worse. And they'll have a point."

  • JOSEPH STIGLITZ, chief economist at the World Bank until last November

"ONE OF my opponents was a policewoman. I couldn't believe it. I was going to be allowed to clobber a policewoman and get paid for doing it. All my mates thought it was brilliant."

  • Female boxing champion JANE COUCH

"I PLEAD guilty to attending Tory activist gatherings to hear shocking views comparable to Irving's."

  • BILL ABBOTTS in a letter to the Guardian

"COULD WE have a debate on the worsening situation in Rhodesia?"

  • Tory MP JOHN WILKINSON fails to catch up with the fact that Zimbabwe has been an independent country for 20 years

"THERE IS a Livingstone problem across the country."

  • Unnamed SENIOR LABOUR OFFICIAL in the Guardian

"NO ONE seems to be interested in going along to stand and clap speeches they don't really believe in."

  • LABOUR OFFICIAL on the mass failure of local Labour branches to nominate delegates to this year's party conference

"THERE HAVE been a number of incidents at British Nuclear Fuels sites which have led the agency to question seriously the competence [of BNFL] and its commitment to environmental protection."

  • The government's official ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

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Fri 21 Apr 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1693
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