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Issue No. 1931

“The chap who booked him didn’t realise. The DJ sounded white on the phone.”
Bob Garner

Croydon branch organiser for the Nazi BNP. The BNP inadvertantly booked a black DJ for a Christmas party. Several BNP members stormed out.

“When American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self serving hypocrisy.”
Pentagon report issued by the Defence Science Board. The report is very critical of the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I think schools are businesses. Schools that are run for profit are likely to be run as efficiently as possible.”
Chris Woodhead former chief inspector of schools. Woodhead quit Ofsted four years ago. He now heads Cognita, a company that runs private schools.

“A billion dollars worth of frescoes they want painted out because of this Cupid’s willy.”
Michael Radford

director of the new film of The Merchant of Venice. Sony, the film’s US distributors, asked him to remove “wallpaper” in the background which showed a naked Cupid. The “wallpaper” was frescoes by Paolo Veronese, acclaimed 16th century artist.

“Iraqi forces are not as mature as they need to be for the security environment that’s going to exist in the next months.”
General John Abizaid commander of US forces in the Persian Gulf explaining why the US is boosting the number of troops in Iraq.

“That’s clearly a disappointment.”
Donald Rumsfeld on the failure to turn up any WMD in Iraq. Rumsfeld said he would stay on as Bush’s defence secretary.

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Sat 11 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1931
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