quotes of the week

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Ici pas d'abats Anglais. Mangez Francais. (No English offal here. Eat French.)

Sign in butcher's shop in France

This is one of the most disgraceful episodes in this country's history and I want a full and independent inquiry into the conduct of the Government and the way it has used and misused scientific advisers.

Professor Richard Lacey, who has not eaten beef since 1989

I will continue to eat beef as part of a varied and balanced diet.

Sir Kenneth Calman, Chief Medical Officer, after the Government announced that there could be a link between CJD and BSE

The Chief Medical Officer has made a judgement. He's said he's prepared to die for his government, the first civil servant ever to say that.

Dennis Skinner MP, responding

It will become easier to ditch your husband or wife than to cancel a rental contract or sell your home.

John Redwood MP, urging colleagues to "buttress the family" when voting on Lord Mackay's divorce reforms