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There has been a feeling among the Labour party in some circles that victory is a bourgeois concept and the true objective of socialism is glorious defeat. I don't hold that view and neither does Tony Blair - Alan Johnson, joint general secretary of the Communication Workers Union.

They haven't gone away, you know - Gerry Adams, at a Belfast rally after a supporter called out, "Bring back the IRA."

We didn't have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, you know, asking, "Are you all right - are you sure you don't have a ghastly problem?" You just got on with it - The Duke of Edinburgh on how his shipmates in the Pacific coped with life at war.

I don't think much has been going on between Will and the Princess - Gary Lineker, former England footballer, on speculation about Will Carling and the Princess of Wales.

When Christopher Isherwood started a book with the line "I am a camera", I don't think people rushed around believing he was a box Brownie - Stewart Steven, editor of the Evening Standard.