They Week They Said


“Think about who he [Romney] was talking about . . . when he said behind closed doors that 47 per cent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility . . . folks on social security . . . veterans . . . students . . . soldiers who are overseas fighting for us” – Barack Obama on Tuesday in the second presidential debate

“350 degrees – otherwise we go on the rocks” – Capt Franceso Schettino joking to his helmsman seconds before Costa Concordia hit the rocks, the inquiry into the ship’s sinking was told

“We are opposed to removing the right of children to have their rights vindicated by the their parents” – Maria Mhic Mheanmain, launching the Parents for Children campaign for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum

“My name is Clare Quinn and I, alongside my brother Seán and my three sisters, Colette, Aoife and Brenda, are the true and rightful owners of the Quinn group of companies” – Clare Quinn addressing the Quinn rally in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, on Sunday

“We work in over 40 countries entirely within the legal and regulatory framework of these countries” – Tracey McNeill, UK and Europe director Marie Stopes International, responding to claims by a former employee that the organisation performs many illegal abortions internationally.

“Delegates make no mistake. We intend to win this referendum for Scotland . . . We’re now closer to our goal of Scottish independence not just in the 80 years of Scottish independence, but in the last 300 years” – Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond following the announcement of an agreement for a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014

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