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Issue No. 1984

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“My father, growing up in Glasgow in a poor community, didn’t have as much money as we have. But people behaved more respectfully to one another.”
Tony Blair, launching his “respect” agenda last week

“I’m sure Mary would have been laughing her head off at her grandson’s description of Govan. Poverty and misery were widespread and it was a violent place. You had lads hanging around street corners with no work. They got up to as much trouble then as young people do now.”
Alex Morrison, ex-neighbour of Tony Blair’s grandmother, Mary

“The family is a serious thing, founded on love between men and women to make children. These filthy things have made absurd claims for privileges on the basis of unproductive sex. These are out of place and revolting.”
Italian minister for reforms, Roberto Calderoli, on demonstrations in favour of gays being allowed to marry

“We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics, but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression.”
Nobel literature laureate Dario Fo, speaking out against the pope’s denunciation of gay marriage and abortion

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Sat 21 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1984
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