quotes of the week

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The Commons select committee said that advice to farmers not to breed from these cattle [with BSE] would have been sensible. The Government ignored it.

Francis Anthony, BSE adviser to the British Veterinary Association

If it is in the blood it means that all beef products are dangerous. Richard Lacey, microbiologist at Leeds University, who, long before the Government, warned that BSE could pass to humans

I had the idea of having the magazine edited by a woman who is the mother of young children, has achieved a lot through her own efforts and who would interest our readers. In my view that left a short list of one. Cherie Blair said she would be delighted.

Lindsay Nicholson, editor, Prima

We are generating physically illiterate children. We'll only start to win more when we stop this remorseless squandering of talent.

Duncan Goodhew, swimmer, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympics

I couldn't possible comment, but how would you feel?

Brian Clementson, who missed out on a pounds 10.7m windfall by leaving his job as engineering director of Peterbrook Leasing just months before the company was taken over

I regard Imran Khan as a tre- mendous cricketer.

Ian Botham, asked what he thought about Khan after losing his libel case against him