Things they say

The Labor Party has moved further to the right than the Liberal Party was in the sixties.
Even John Howard realises Labor is more and more like them

The person they most wanted to kill was you.
A Liberal insider to Kerry O’Brien about the Howard government’s restructure of the ABC

[Adam] Bandt, a lawyer and academic, was a member of the Left Alliance and his doctoral thesis involved a consideration of Marx.
Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald journalist, expresses the still-reverberating shock and horror in the establishment about having a leftie in parliament

Many years ago, working with industry was not the done thing; now everyone is doing it.
Fred Hilmer, UNSW Vice-Chancellor, explaining why the university will give naming rights of faculties to corporate donors

In the big picture, to hold someone’s head underwater, the chance of permanent damage is minimal and the rewards are great.
American politician Peter King thinks waterboarding, a form of torture, is okay if you get something out of it

Maybe looking down from their ministerial Mercs, Brian Cowen [prime minister of Ireland], Brendan Smith et al think that all the Irish people want or need is cheese. The truth is sadly different.
Fine Gael’s Andrew Doyle on the Irish government’s bizarre plan to placate people with free cheese—just one slice for every adult

Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake”, [that was] the beginning of the revolution—is that what they want?
A caller on Irish public radio discusses the government’s motives

I cannot condone chucking fire extinguishers off a roof. No, use ‘em as a battering ram on doors!
Comedian Paul O’Grady thinks the British student protestors who took over Tory headquarters didn’t go far enough

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