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Quotes of the week

"The most damaging poverty of all is the poverty of ambition and expectation." Brian McAlinden, former head of Castlemilk High, Glasgow, and member of the Scottish government's attainment group, at this week's parliamentary education committee

"Your anger was understandable." Sheriff Robert McCreadie showing mercy to a father who grabbed a 14-year-old, pushed him over and assaulted him after he threw stones at his car when he was driving with his three children in Aberfeldy.

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