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I am a West Indian peasant who has drifted into this business and who has survived. If I knew the secret, I would bottle it and sell it - Trevor McDonald, broadcaster

Those who have done best out of the Thatcher decade will be expected to contribute most to repairing the damage - Chris Mullin, Labour MP

We are opposed totally and fundamentally to the mass slaughter of healthy animals. ... We cannot burn cows to convince European politicians that public health is safeguarded - Bob Stevenson, president of the British Veterinary Association

Denis met this stunning young Tory candidate on a blind date in 1949, and 40 years later found himself calling the most famous address in the land home. There is an element of the fairy tale about that - Carol Thatcher about her father

The girl's a damn good writer. Pity that she didn't have a better subject - Sir Denis Thatcher on Carol

Denis Thatcher played his part admirably. He was Stan Laurel to Margaret's Oliver Hardy - Sir Julian Critchley, Conservative MP

We live in a crime-producing civilisation. If there are terrorists, it is because we have produced them - Yehudi Menuhin

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