The Week in Quotes: 1st December 2017

“I’d never watched Suits, I’d never heard of Meghan before, and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her”

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday. Their long-anticipated announcement was made via a statement saying the couple would be getting married in the spring next year. The prince said he was “thrilled, over the moon” .

“We are very worried … it creates very clear risks to patients from doctors who may not know what they’re doing,”

GMC’s chief executive Charlie Massey added his comments to a survey of 55,000 junior doctors by Britain’s medical watchdog released earlier this week, which raised fears that hospital patients are being put at risk due to under-staffing and pressures on senior doctors. The study also found that some junior doctors were showing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Isn’t it about time that the first secretary got a grip?”

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry put questions to First Secretary of State Damian Green in Prime Ministers Questions this week, where the two were standing in for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. In an exchange on the current state of the NHS, including the coming NHS winter period – for which the NHS is deemed to be over-capacity and under-staffed – Thornberry questioned Green on the possible closure of a hospital in his own constituency, and suggested that the first secretary should “get a grip” and stop denying there was a crisis at hand.

“No one reached out to Angela Merkel or to Hollande or anyone.”

In an event hosted at the University of London on Tuesday, former deputy PM Nick Clegg claimed that EU officials had been ready to make concessions to Theresa May and the UK government after the EU referendum in June last year, but she did not make contact with them.

“The south needs to wind its neck in”

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland and former DUP leader, accused the Irish Government of acting provocatively over Brexit in a  statement made on Thursday. He claims that there appears to be a “studied strategy” to use Brexit as a means to drive “constitutional change”, with relation to negotiations on the the Irish border.

On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump re tweeted two incendiary, racially charged videos originally posted by the deputy leader of the British far-right group Britain First. The president’s action have been met with widespread criticism, from US senior politicians and UK prime minister Theresa May, among others.

“When they say we’re a threat, they’re right.”

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn hits back at Morgan Stanley, after the investment bank claimed in a letter to its clients that the Labour leader becoming prime minister would be ‘a worse threat to business than Brexit’. Corbyn said in a video posted on Thursday that Morgan Stanley were part of the same group of “speculators and gamblers who crashed our economy in 2008”, and that they were right to view him as a threat.

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