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I think he's given his life for the Labour Party - David Blunkett, on the amount of work undertaken by John Smith

I will miss him not only as a formidable opponent but also as a man whom I liked and respected - John Major

We can ill afford to lose a man of such excellence from our public life - Lord Callaghan

His courage, humour and fundamental decency made him one of the best-liked and respected political leaders - Baroness Thatcher

Government is about crisis management. Governments do not think - Sir John Nott, former Tory defence secretary

There are no devils left in Hell. They are all in Rwanda - missionary in the war-torn African country

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be bread, water and salt for all. Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement - Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president

All schools claim to be 'caring', but frankly some of them are like St Trinian's on a bad day - Baroness Blatch, education minister

It is a part of free speech to say that a politician has shown by his statements or his actions that he is barmy - Mr Justice Drake, blocking a former Labour councillor's libel action against a Tory MP

Windows last longer than sex, whatever way you look at it - the Duchess of Devonshire, urging more architectural and fewer sex lessons in schools

I guess President Clinton and I will not be able to smoke our peace pipes in the White House - Fidel Castro, on a smoking ban imposed by Hillary Clinton