Things They Say
"WE were concerned that safety itself had been put into the hands of Railtrack-in standards, for example-affecting all of the companies, like the train operating companies. We believed that to be a conflict of interest."
- JOHN PRESCOTT, deputy prime minister, five days after the Paddington rail disaster
"MINISTERS are minded to transfer the safety and standards directorate out of Railtrack in order to ensure public confidence that there is no conflict between safety standards and commercial interest. If we need to legislate, we shall do so."
- GUS MACDONALD, minister of transport, six days after the Paddington rail disaster
"OUR VIEW is that we saw no evidence that safety had been imperilled by the commercial interests of Railtrack."
- GOVERNMENT REPORT this week says Railtrack should remain responsible for safety
- PADDINGTON SURVIVOR's verdict
"I CAN'T tell him what to do."
- TONY BLAIR on Dobson's duff candidacy for mayor
"POLITICS is politics. If the polls tell a particular story, might he not have to look reality in the face?"
- SENIOR "INSIDER" on why New Labour might dump Dobson for mayor and run Mo Mowlam instead
"AS AN immigrant myself, I am offended by anyone who makes anti-immigrant statements, and it is my opinion that someone who makes statements like Haider's has no place in government."
- ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, not known for being a lefty, condemns Austrian fascist J�rg Haider