Quotes of the day

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"I urge you to gather up your purses, go forth and fight them in the supermarkets." Graham Watson, MEP for Somerset, supporting a boycott of French goods in protest at nuclear tests.

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"What an abdication of any kind of moral responsibility to suggest that those living in atrocious conditions in Africa should suffer more to provide tax cuts for the better-off at home." Sir David Steel on reports of a government cut in the aid budget.

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"For all his swarthy, foreign looks, he holds too many English prejudices." Lisa Bradley, Bristol W, on Michael Portillo.

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"For many in this country the NHS has become the real National Lottery. But this lottery is not addictive, just compulsory for those who are sick." Alex Carlile, health spokesman.