The week in quotes – 17th November 2017

Catch up with the news of the past week in quote form.

“For your and Gavin’s eyes only”

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

A letter sent to Theresa May in secret by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove on Monday has caused concern from ministers.The letter contains a set of demands pushing the PM towards a hard Brexit, calling on her to make everyone fall in line by “clarifying their minds” and to “internalise the logic”. The letter, titled EU Exit – Next Steps, is marked “For your and Gavin’s eyes only”, a reference to the PM’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell.

“The idea of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup would be an apocalypse”

A goalless draw in Milan saw Italy fail to qualify for next year’s World Cup. The Azzurri have qualified for every tournament bar 1958. Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian FA, famously said last year that Italy failing to qualify “would be an apocalypse”.

“a national scandal that the government could stop”

Frank Field, the Labour chair of the Commons work and pensions committee, calls on the government to halt the rollout of Universal Credit. Last month Labour MPs unanimously won the opposition vote to pause universal credit roll-out.

“I am beginning to worry … We have not had any message from the military that speaks to what is happening.”

Zimbabwean Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushinga MP comments on the state of the military coup in Harare. After spending two days under pressure to resign in the wake of a military coup, it is not clear in which direction talks are heading with Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s state-run media have published photos of Mugabe alive and well, but the whereabouts of the first lady Grace Mugabe are not yet clear.

“I hope it’s OK if I am at once very angry for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it, but also sad, because he’s my friend,”

Comedian Sarah Silverman speaks out about the stories of sexual misconduct Louis C.K admitted were true late last week. Allegations of sexual assault continue to build against actor Kevin Spacey, and other high-profile names in Hollywood.

‘Where do his hands go?’

Donald Trump tweeted his criticism of Democratic senator Al Franken on Friday, hinting at allegations of sexual misconduct after Franken apologised last week for behaving inappropriately towards a TV news anchor. The tweet reignited conversation around the president’s own misgivings, most notably the leaked conversation where Trump spoke spoke of grabbing women “by the pussy”.

“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done,”


Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage in a vote on Tuesday, with 61.6% in favour and 38.4% against.

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