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No one at the top in industry with the lack of credibility that Norman Lamont achieved could have expected to have lasted days, let alone months - Roger Haywood, former chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Too many people have forgotten that it was he who led us to an election victory last year that many thought impossible - Ian Lang, Scottish Secretary, on criticism of John Major

Having a baby boy is where feminist theory collides into reality with a juddering crash - Diane Abbott, Labour MP and mother of a 20-month-old son

We must learn to crawl before we can walk - Pat Hickey, president of the Irish Olympic Council, rejecting calls for Dublin to bid for the 2004 Games

I think these men are innocent - Tim O'Malley, foreman of the jury that found the Bridgewater Four guilty of the 1978 murder of a teenage paperboy

Opinion-making is this country's most virulent growth industry. Phone-ins proliferate, choked with calls from the semi-literate, bigoted and barmy. We are becoming a nation of babbling back- seat cab drivers - John Osborne

On call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether their children are sick, their husbands are out of work or their parents are old and frail and need attending - they will cope - the Princess of Wales on the demands on women

People don't like to pay losses, but I don't think the situation is as bad as it has been represented - Lady Archer, chairman of Lloyd's hardship committee, on the problems facing some Names

I would have shot him in the balls and exposed him as a big fat sham - Lady Sarah Graham-Moon on what she would have done to her cheating husband if she had had a gun