Quote of the Day

The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:

“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”

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Sajid Javid to the Union of Jewish Students:

“when I took over at DCMS a lot of people thought I wasn’t the right man for the job.

“What does this banker know about culture?” they asked.

At least I think they said “Banker”…”

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After it emerged that the CIA tortured a detainee to death, the agency commented:

“The Director strongly believes that mistakes should be expected in a business filled with uncertainty.”

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David Cameron:

‘What’s “the BuzzFeed”?’

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Garry Kasparov:

“If people like Obama and Cameron had been in charge in the 1980s I would still be playing chess for the Soviet Union.”

Quote of the Day

UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn:

“I think Mail online comments are a telling indication of public opinion.”

Quote of the Day

Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”

Quote of the Day

A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”

Quote of the Day

Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, […]

Quote of the Day

After Danny Alexander alleged that George Osborne padlocks the fridge in the Treasury to stop people nicking his milk, Damian McBride clears up #FridgeGate:

“If I recall rightly, Kev put the lock on the fridge in 2nd floor kitchen in […]

Quote of the Day

A member of the Youth Parliament makes the most compelling case yet for lowering the voting age:

“You can have sex with your local MP but you can’t vote for who they are.”[…]

Quote of the Day

Sajid Javid on press freedom at the Society of Editors annual conference:

“The press exists not to pander to the powerful, but to hold them to account. And that applies whether they are Prime Ministers, business leaders, police officers or, […]



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Andrew Neil on the dying Dead Tree Press

“I read more bloggers now than mainstream columnists, because they’ve got more interesting things to say. Too many columnists today make you think, ‘Yeah, I think you’ve said that 10 times before and I’ve just noticed your column has not go a single fact in it’”.

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