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Issue No. 1973

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“Retirement will now be a choice rather than a necessity.”
Alan Johnson, New Labour’s trade secretary announcing the government’s public sector pensions plan

“Isn’t it marvellous to see Cecil? He was a marvellous prime minister after I resigned.”
Margaret Thatcher, spotting Cecil Parkinson at her 80th birthday party

“She never really had a lot of friends.”
Charles Powell, former private secretary to Margaret Thatcher

“Un-shocked and un-awed.”
Richard Armitage, George Bush’s former deputy secretary of state describing Iraq

“The people who were observing were the same people as the candidates. The UN sits in Amman and says it’s all good, it’s free and fair, because they don’t want to come here.”
Mahmood Othaman, Kurdish member of Iraq’s national assembly on the constitutional referendum

“In the Middle East [the Iraq war] has stamped the US as the imperialistic successor to Britain and as a partner of Israel in the military repression of the Arabs.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US national security adviser

“The US has the worst record in the democratic world when it comes to stripping convicted felons of the right to vote. Nearly five million people were barred from participating in the last presidential election.”
New York Times editorial

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Sat 22 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1973
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