36 Quotes filtered by media
At a time when public finances are under huge strain, we surely do not need to pay celebrities to wax lyrical to mandarins. Unless American comedians can make the Home Office fit for purpose, the taxpayer won't be laughing.
Chris Huhne 22/03/2010
Category: Public Relations
It was a relief to see that Gerry's search for Jesus didn't result in a meeting of minds after all. Indeed it was all strangely detached, even a little wistful. Thankfully we were spared a wander round the Holy Land looking for Jesus the revolutionary, some parallels about blood sacrifice, a Christian justification for the IRA campaign.
Slugger O'Toole 20/02/2010
On Gerry Adams's performance on Channel 4 show 'The Bible: A History'
Now this really is getting highly surreal and amusing at the same time. On the one hand, Labour Party people, such as John Prescott are complaining about a breach of confidentiality by the National Bullying Helpline, and then others, such as Gordon brown's PPS are demanding the helpline prove its statements, thus breaching confidentiality further.
Dizzy Thinks 22/02/2010
summarising the Gordon Brown bullying debacle
I think it was a legitimate comment and I mean Twitter is edgy and you know it provokes debate. It looks on this occasion that as if it has caused a serious problem and we need to go back and look at that.
David Wright MP 16/02/2010
on his "scum-sucking pig" Twitter post
I am just not a great fan of the Piers Morgan format. I would rather do something a bit more substantial.
David Cameron 18/02/2010
On Piers Morgan's interview with Gordon Brown.
Alastair campbell was a brilliant press officer, a master of media manipulation, and was even kind enough to write this quote for me.
John O'Farrell 31/08/2003
On Alastair Campbell's departure from Downing Street.
I am so glad I no longer have to read the Economist.
Selwyn Lloyd 1962
On his sacking as Chancellor.
The journalist, whose main duty is speed, is likely sometimes to get an advantage over the diplomatist whose main object is accuracy.
Every sane and sensible and quiet thing we do is absolutely ignored by the press.
Bertrand Russell 1959
Category: Making Headlines
Two temptations that impair the value of their work inevitably beset public men who write memoirs. One is a tendency to reconstruct the past to suit the present views and feelings of the writer; the other is a natual desire to set his own part in affairs in a pleasing light.
Alastair Campbell's memoirs could be worth a lot of money. Not only does he know where the bodies are buried, he buried many of them.
Iain Dale 29/08/2003
On Alastair Campbell's resignation
It is better to be making the news than taking it.
A good put down to journalists
Category: Making Headlines
Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
Arthur Balfour 30/01/1929
By office boys, for office boys.
On the Daily Mail
If I blew my nose the Daily Express and the Daily Mail would say that I am trying to spread germ warfare.
Ken Livingstone 03/04/1992
If I rescued a child from drowning the Press would no doubt headline the story 'Benn grabs child'.
Tony Benn 02/03/1975
What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout history.
Stanley Baldwin 1930
On media ownership. The Duke of Devonshire said on hearing this, "Good God, that's done it. He's lost us the tart's vote."
Confidentiality is the nature of all governments. Of course you may say, the government will always want to communicate the good news; things which bring satisfaction, cheer, help or pleasure to voters. And of course, you are right, governments are not masochists by nature.
Sir Bernard Ingham 05/1983