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Issue No. 1979

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders


“He can hardly claim to be an officer and a gentleman on this poor form. And his excuse for not paying is just feeble.”
A fellow officer of Prince Harry. Harry has failed to pay a £1,000 drink tab at Sandhurst claiming he does not possess a cheque book or credit card

“This agency does not do torture. We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none of which are torture.”
CIA director Porter J Goss

“The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner’s face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas.”
CIA operative, describing “waterboarding”, one of six “enhanced interrogation techniques”, to ABC News

“In 1980, the average chief executive earned about 42 times the pay of the average worker, but now chief executives earn about 431 times what the average worker does. The average chief executive took home a 91 percent raise in 2004 as workers got raises amounting to less than 4 percent.”
Los Angeles Times, on US pay


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Sat 3 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1979
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