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Issue No. 1975

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“The detainees who are choosing not to eat are bedridden but active... and are allowed to practise their religion, and we’ve also rotated the involuntary feeding schedule to accommodate Ramadan.”
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Martin, Military spokesman at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre

“Could you have Boots or a supermarket or whoever, some other organisation or a charity or voluntary group, providing more services for NHS patients?”
Health secretary Patricia Hewitt, spelling out her vision for the NHS at a conference last Saturday

“Death has come quicker, a sign of the insurgency’s increasing efficiency. While it took 18 months to reach 1,000 dead, it has taken just 14 to reach 2,000. More powerful and sophisticated explosive devices are a major reason.”
New York Times, on the death of the 2,000th US soldier in Iraq last week

“I welcome a sinner that repenteth and am delighted the government is bringing forward the same proposals that I introduced in 1988.”
Former Tory education secretary Kenneth Baker, on New Labour’s education “reforms”

“More African Americans identify having to fight for a cause they don’t support as a barrier to military service.”
US Army study on recruitment

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Sat 5 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1975
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