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Quote of the Week: Tony Blair

Sina Odugbemi's picture

"One of the perils of modern politics is that we are engaged in "the era of the loud-mouth". There is an interesting debate – in the west particularly – between the politics of the anger and the politics of the answer."

-- Tony Blair. As quoted in the Financial Times, June 30/July1 2012. Tony Blair: an exclusive interview, by Lionel Barber.

Three Harmless Words

Anne-Katrin Arnold's picture

"Freedom of Information. Three harmless words. I look at those words as I write them, and feel like shaking my head till it drops off my shoulders. You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it. Once I appreciated the full enormity of the blunder, I used to say - more than a little unfairly - to any civil servant who would listen: Where was Sir Humphrey when I needed him? We had legislated in the first throes of power. How could you, knowing what you know have allowed us to do such a thing so utterly undermining of sensible government?"