Opinion: They said it

"I'd like to apologise for the Children's Fund chaos. We have tried to unravel that mess." - Margaret Hodge, minister for children, at the Compact annual meeting

"Though I get lots of requests from amazing charities, I don't want to be trying to make a token effort everywhere." - England rugby hero Johnny Wilkinson on his new role as ambassador for the NSPCC

"The argument that 'governance doesn't matter' is a recipe for disaster. It causes charities to lose touch with service users and to waste what is public money held in trust." - Nick Aldridge, head of policy, Acevo

"Why do we have another commission? I would ask you why preachers preach every Sunday in spite of the fact that the Bible has been with us for 2,000 years." - Bob Geldof at the first meeting of the Commission for Africa

"I get the impression that London Citizens is going to write the manifesto for mayor." - Liberal Democrat London mayor candidate Simon Hughes

"Talk of the handover of services to the voluntary sector is dangerous. It represents a misunderstanding of why the sector welcomes the Government's efforts to lift barriers to more service delivery." - Campbell Robb, NCVO director of public policy.

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