And just like that, we’ve come to the end of December! But don’t worry, we have the best quotes of the last month to get you geared up for the new year.
“I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK. This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guy’s royalty.”
Virginia Giuffre pleads for UK public support. In her first UK broadcast interview on BBC Panorama, Giuffre repeated allegations she had sex with the Prince Andrew when she was aged 17 on the instructions of Ghislaine Maxwell, a socialite and close friend of the US financier and sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, who died in August.
‘Jack would be livid his death has been used to further an agenda of hate. […] Jack devoted his energy to the purpose of Learning Together: a pioneering programme to bring students from university and prisons together to share their unique perspectives on justice. Unlike many of us, Jack did not just go to work. He lived and breathed fire in his pursuit of a better world for all humanity, particularly those most in need.’
David Merritt, the father of Jack Merritt, who died on Friday at London Bridge, writes that the attack has been used to reinforce the worldview his son fought against.
“If you handed it (NHS) to us on a silver platter we would want nothing to do with it.”
At the NATO summit in London, Donald Trump denies that he said the NHS was on the table during trade talks. Back in May, Trump said “when you’re dealing in trade, everything is on the table” about US-UK trade agreements.
“You are watching the Prime Minister’s debate where he is talking about migration to this country and people having to have certain levels. It fuels it all the time. It has got worse over the last few years in this country and not just in football. [This fan] thinks he can come to a game and racially abuse someone playing football. It is disgusting. It is terrible and something has to be done. It is not just about banning him from football. Everyone has a responsibility.”
Gary Neville criticises Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments on immigration after a fan was accused of racism at the Manchester Derby on Friday, December 6.
“We have seen cheating beyond extreme severity, fraud, and a denial of the Russian doping scheme. What continues to make this troublesome and worrying moving forward is the complete denial of the fraud that is now evidenced once and for all. I wanted sanctions that can not be watered down. I am afraid this is not enough. We owe it to the clean athletes to implement the sanctions as strongly as possible.”
World Anti-Doping Agency vice-president Linda Helleland responds to the agency’s decision to hand Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events including the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup. This ban comes after Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) was deemed non-compliant after manipulating laboratory data in January of this year.
“This verdict sends a signal, and one signal only – that you can make any accusation you want to, as vile as it may be and as untrue as it may be, and somebody can get away with it.”
Lawyer of Vernon Unsworth, branded a ‘paedo guy’ by Elon Musk after helping in last year’s rescue of trapped Thai schoolboys, responds to the not guilty verdict and its impact on society.
“Yesterday I said we must hold our leaders accountable and unfortunately said “put them against the wall”. That’s Swenglish: “att ställa någon mot väggen” (to put someone against the wall) means to hold someone accountable. That’s what happens when you improvise speeches in a second language. But of course I apologise if anyone misunderstood this. I can not enough express the fact that I – as well as the entire school strike movement- are against any possible form of violence. It goes without saying but I say it anyway.”
Greta Thunberg responds to backlash over a statement she made saying “World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities, but we have to make sure they cannot do that, we will make sure that we put them against the wall, and they will have to do their job to protect our futures.”
“The worst-case scenario is effectively a no-deal, disorderly Brexit. The probability of that scenario has gone down because of the election result and the intention of the new government, the scenario itself and the risks that we protect the system against has not itself changed, it’s just become less likely.”
The governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney says that due to the Conservative majority in the House of Commons after last week’s general election, the chances of the UK crashing out of the European Union with a No-Deal Brexit have decreased.
“The secret is hi-vis jackets and traffic cones. Nobody stops you if you have them. Some of them [transgender sex workers in the area] misconstrued what he was writing as homophobic and called the cops. That’s about as close to getting arrested as we got.”
Banksy’s photographer Lazarides discusses how they got away with public graffiti and the closest they came to getting arrested.
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