"When a man is hanged, he does not lose his head. The way Barzan was executed is shameful" - Defence lawyer Issam al-Ghazzawi, about the decapitation of Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti.
"Told him. I had to because I don't want him to come to the group. The a****** hasn't sent his bloody thing back. Fancy having an answerphone message like that. For goodness sake" - Voicemail mistakenly left by a social services worker for Mark Hobbs, who had forgotten to return a registration form for an anxiety and stress management workshop run by the Borough of Poole.
"It is serious and it will, I believe, be with us for a generation" - Home Secretary John Reid telling the House of Commons that the conflict with al Qaida may last as long as the Cold War.
"It is an unholy mess and a waste of time, totally absurd" - Father-of-two Kenneth Palmer responding to East Renfrewshire Council's decision that parents must undergo criminal background checks if they want to get on a school bus to ensure their children's seatbelts are properly fastened.
"The modern Conservative Party is about replacing the failed New Labour experiment, not aping it" - Conservative leader David Cameron writes in an article for the Daily Telegraph.