"If I started to list the policies that were negotiable, that would undermine the credibility of the whole manifesto" - Nicol Stephen, Lib Dem leader.
"This was an astonishing statement from Nicol Stephen which simply confirmed that there is a list of negotiable policies - he just didn't want to tell us what they are" - deputy Tory leader Murdo Fraser.
"They have halitosis of the brain - their ideas stink" - Scots novelist Iain Banks describing the BNP.
"Spin has now brought the Armed Forces, just about the only institution in Britain that still works, if allowed to do so, to a new low" - Sir Bernard Ingham, former press secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, attacking the original decision to allow the captive sailors in Iran to sell their stories.
"It's very flattering, but it's important that you don't let flattery go to your head. I'm not going to be seduced" - David Miliband, Environment Secretary, insisting he is resisting blandishments from colleagues urging him to stand for the Labour leadership.
"The Welsh don't pay prescription charges; the English do. The Scots don't pay tuition or care home fees; the English do. So, is everybody happy in the Union?" - Richard L Wilson, of Fareham, Hampshire, in a letter to the Daily Mail."He is so dull that even ditchwater is thinking of lodging a libel action" - Political pundit Ann Treneman on Defence Secretary Des Browne.