Quotes of the week …

... ending 25th. September 2010

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As he accepted the leadership of the British Labour Party at its annual conference Ed Miliband said —

“I get it and I understand the need to change.  I need to unify the party and I will.”

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Addressing the general assembly of the United Nations Organization, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said —

“... once again, an issue of grave global concern has been overshadowed by the bizarre, offensive and attention-grabbing pronounce­ments by Presi­dent Ahmedi­nejad from this podium yesterday.”

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Chairman of the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Select Committee Tim Yeo told the b.b.c. —

“I think Dr. Pachauri should resign. ...  He personally has lost credibility, particularly in relation to his claim about the melting of the Himalayan glaciers ...”

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In his speech to the Liberal-Democrat Party Conference, Business Secretary Vince Cable made ...

“... no apology for attacking spivs and gamblers who did more harm to the British economy than [transport-union leader] Bob Crow could achieve in his wildest Trotskyite fantasies, while paying themselves outrageous bonuses under­written by the taxpayer.

“There is much public anger about banks and it is well deserved.”

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At the Liberal-Democrat Party Conference Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said —

“Hold our nerve and we will have changed British politics for good.  Hold our nerve and we will have changed Britain for good.”

 

“We will take risks in government.  But we will never lose our soul.”

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According to Alan Johnson Labour faces years in the wilderness if it elects a wrong leader :

“If we make the wrong choice we’ll leave Labour stuck in opposition for many years,” he writes.  “That’s why this is too important a vote to ignore and it’s the reason the Daily Mirror has backed David [Miliband].  The people who really want him to lose are the Tories.”

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Ken Livingstone proposed an income-tax rate of 80% for higher earners living in London.  In an interview with Time Out magazine he said —

“The Mayor should have an income tax so you can redistribute wealth ...

“I think it would at least be a 60-per-cent. rate for everybody over £200,000.  You might look at an 80-per-cent. rate for people earning £1-million ...  These are exactly the people that have landed us in this mess.”

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In her newly published book, Rachel Johnson wrote of addressing the staff for the first time :

“Time to make a Gettysburg Address to the troops.  ‘Our readers are modern and connected,’ I boom.  ‘Old folks now are more Mick Jagger than Miss Marple,’ and so on. 

“The staff all stare at me as if I’ve arrived from another planet.  Later, I check what’s due to run in my first issue.  Ah :  three articles about dormice, ramblers and the magical properties of vinegar.”

A Diary of  The Lady :  My First Year As Editor
(published by Fig Tree – September 30, 2010)

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edited by Pericles
ΠΞ (his paw print)

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One thought on “Quotes of the week …”

  1. Ken still doesn’t get how rich people deal with hyper-taxation. They are not cash cows to be milked: if it costs too much to live somewhere, they just go somewhere else. For example: U2 might be an Irish band, but they were paying too much tax in Ireland, so all their financial affairs are based in Holland.

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