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
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