Overheard this month

"This is not a short-term thing. The idea that you can just throw a bit of money at the problem and it will be over by Christmas is fanciful."

Nick Raynsford responds to news of Treasury plans to raid the 2010-11 budget to boost construction spending

"Some of the greatest innovations in architecture have happened in recessions."

Tom Dyckhoff, the Times’ architecture correspondent, gives the credit crunch a positive spin.

"I’m absolutely delighted as it’s not every day you get to save a business."

Laing O’Rourke’s global head of manufacturing, Greg Ward, on the news that his company had bought failed concrete specialist Bison, saving 450 jobs.

"As a government, we are in the market for new ideas for new times. We're always listening."

Business secretary Peter Mandelson addressing the Northern Regeneration and Renewal Summit