Quotes of the Week
Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30
Quotes of the week
"We are here faced by fascists. Not just their calculated brutality but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this Chamber tonight and all of the people that we represent. They hold us in contempt. They hold our values in contempt. They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt. They hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision tonight, in contempt. And what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated. We must now confront this evil."
- British shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn addresses the House of Commons, backing airstrikes against Isil in Syria.
"For us as a family, we can get on with our lives now and I hope his family can get on with their lives now."
- Barry Steenkamp, speaking after Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of the murder of his daughter Reeva by an appeal court in South Africa.
"One cannot be a leader on hunger without being a leader on climate change."
- UN's Ban Ki-Moon on the COP 21 Climate Change conference in Paris.
"Even as a teenager, I liked to try to get glam."
- Dame Joan Collins
"In normal non-telly world, I am freakishly pale and don't wear make-up. The most I've ever had is, 'You look older than Davina McCall. But if it is you, Davina, please can you sign my book?'"
- Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman, saying she is never recognised off screen.
"No more calendars featuring unclad folk of riper years, saying that they are doing it for fun, but secretly thinking they are quite sexy. One of life's better basic rules: keep your clothes on."
- Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.
"I would be a radical world king. I would be tempted to spend quite a lot of time banning things, so let's look at those - from private education, to eating meat more than once a month, to making sure there were more orange ones in a tube of Smarties and white tennis balls at Wimbledon."
- Author Rachel Johnson, sister of London mayor Boris Johnson, on what she would do if offered world domination.
"Northern Ireland stands as a blot on the map; a backward-looking, divisive and divided society."
David McMillen QC, on the fact that the North is the only part of the UK banning same-sex marriages.
"All of us need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies. It's another tragic reminder that here in America it's way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun."
- President Obama, on the massacre in California, when 14 people were shot dead by a couple pledging allegiance to Isil.
"The Fed has been signalling this for a very long time if they do make this decision by the end of the year... I think the markets in the US and the world will have already processed that and they have laid out what criteria they think should be applied."
- Hillary Clinton on a possible interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
"We are ready at any time to recalibrate our array of tools."
- ECB President Mario Draghi, saying the bank is ready to expand its economic stimulus programme if need be.
"The Bonne Bière cafe was a place where people met and exchanged and shared. That is what we want it to be again."
- Audrey Bily, manager of the Paris cafe where Isil terrorists shot dead five people, at its reopening on Friday.