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Issue No. 2006

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders


“Iraq is Vietnam without water.”
Rick Weidman, executive director for policy and government affairs at Vietnam Veterans of America

“It is sadly still a fact of life that the poorer die younger. Lifespan should not be determined by wealth in 2006.”
Phil Gray, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, whose study this week confirmed life expectancy is linked to affluence

“Even when the government does consult, it gives no indication that it listens to what is said. We have lost half of our members and four million voters since 1997. This is a very serious problem.”
Michael Meacher MP, on a survey into Labour Party membership

“The message has to be more sophisticated than ‘just say no’ because that simple message doesn’t work. That battle is long lost.”
Tom Wood, former deputy chief constable and Scotland’s drug tsar

“The pressure on the armed forces, which are being overstretched, is increasing as the Iraq war, and now Afghanistan, slowly but surely unravels.”
SNP MSP Christine Grahame, on a 27 percent shortfall in Territorial Army recruitment between 2003 and 2005. Some 1,280 officers have resigned commissions

“When they were here before, it didn’t exactly give me a sense of safety. It made me feel like I was in a war zone.”
Kalli Forster, boutique manger in New Orleans on news that the National Guard will be deployed


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Who Says?
Sat 24 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2006
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