The Mail on Sunday

QUOTES of the week


‘Never in our history has our collective destiny and our collective health depended so completely on our individual behaviour.’ Boris Johnson echoes Sir Winston Churchill’s Battle of Britain rallying cry in his latest coronaviru­s address to the nation.

‘To turn to an entire nation and say stay at home for six months, and spout off some Churchilli­an nonsense about we’ll make it through, it’s terribly unhelpful to this country.’ Pret A Manger founder

Julian Metcalfe savages the PM over his plea.

‘Applying exactly the same method, the entire population will have had Covid and 11.5 million will be dead by Christmas Day. Shortly after New Year’s Day, all human life in the UK will have ended. Merry Christmas, everyone.’

Chris Kirk-Blyth, of Manchester, mocks Sir Patrick Vallance’s projection of 50,000 Covid cases a day by next month, in a letter

to the Daily Telegraph.

‘Am waiting by the phone. Surely I am the No 1 choice for lead. We’re practicall­y identical.’ Dawn French believes she is the person to play Madonna in the pop star’s biopic.

‘I’m affluent enough to afford free-range but it’s a middle-class hypocrisy.’ Sir David Attenborou­gh still eats meat despite the damage it does to the planet.

‘Equality will come when women are allowed to be grey, stout and in proper cardigans.’ Broadcaste­r Libby Purves on the BBC’s ageist and sexist culture.

‘I’m starting to understand what it must be like for the people of San Francisco or Japan.’ Martin Casey, of Leighton Buzzard, after the Bedfordshi­re town was hit by a fourth tremor in two weeks.

‘This is an absolutely outrageous slur. I am a presenter, not a reporter.’ Kay Burley after a newspaper accused the ‘Sky News reporter’ of flirting with Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

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