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The press is getting out of control. This is not a matter of public interest. It isn't as if it were corruption - John Townend, leading Tory backbencher, on the resignation of Richard Spring over a sex scandal

Nothing pleases the readers of tabloid newspapers more than learning that those in authority behave just as badly as they do - Lord Deedes

I don't know how more effective a government of total celibates would be than a government of train-spotters. Either of them might be better than the one we have got at the moment - Alan Clark

If it falls to me to start the fight to cut out the cancer of bent and twisted journalism in our country with the simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play, so be it - Jonathan Aitken

The passengers have been articulate and persuasive. This was the first time they had a chance of speaking out on one of the issues that affected them in the future of railways - rail regulator John Swift, scrapping plans to restrict ticket sales

We are not going bust - Eurotunnel co-chairman Sir Alastair Morton, announcing losses of £387m

If we didn't campaign for things because the Tories would attack us, children would still be down coal-mines and up chimneys - Bill Morris, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, calling on Labour to fix a minimum wage