Quotes of the Week

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MPs are free to have affairs if they wish. But if their affairs conflict with their public image, carefully cultivated, of marital harmony, they cannot complain when the Press catch them in their boxer shorts.

Sally Illman at the Conservative Party Conference

IF I steal pounds 5 from somebody else, that is intrinsically evil. Genocide is intrinsically evil. But there is a vast difference between them.

Cardinal Basil Hume presenting Veritatis Splendor, the Pope's encyclical on morality

Thatcher is a big animal.

John Patten, Secretary of State for Education on BBC Question Time, Thursday.

I will not condemn these people. I think it was a terrible action. But then the American War of Independence was not won with feather dusters either.

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey on the Warrington bombers

Black people are concerned about the effects of racism on their children who, a lot of them believe, have no future in this country.

Bernie Grant, Labour MP, raising the 'taboo' subject of voluntary repatriation