He is the classic case of two brains and no common sense - Labour's Brain Wilson, on the resignation of David Willetts

I don't think you should assume that an injection of money solves everyone's problems - Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, on the plight of his favourite football team, Nottingham Forest, languishing at the foot of the Premiership

I think it would have been perhaps very difficult for me to become Speaker having had a family. It's not easy for a woman to do both things - The Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, on forsaking family life for a political career

I am told that we are all Thatcherites now. My goodness me, never has the road to Damascus been more congested - Baroness Thatcher

This is a global problem and the solution is beyond the reach of British law. The real solution is for Hollywood to wake up with a conscience. But I have my doubts. There's too much money at stake - James Ferman, British Board of Film Classification director, blaming Hollywood, not lax UK censorship, for film violence

Very few men should be let loose near a steering wheel until they are old enough to appreciate a cigar, some Mahler and the company of a woman who does not look like Pamela Anderson - Jonathan Ross, TV pundit