Opinion: They said it

'I've learned that the single best indicator that you are a generous giver to charity is that you are Jewish.' - Commission for Racial Equality chairman Trevor Phillips

'I didn't fast-track the grants, though.' - David Blunkett MP, responding to thanks for his support while Home Secretary from the floor of the CSV Make a Difference Day awards

'The Government is being too complacent on the Charity Commission. We shall spend a great deal of time properly criticising it.' - Lord Sainsbury during the second reading of the Charities Bill in the House of Lords

'This takes the commodification of children to a new extreme.' - Prof Jack Scarisbrick, national chairman of Life, on a Birmingham Post competition where couples can win fertility treatment

'One of the forgotten tragedies of the holocaust was that while some families were fortunate enough to be allowed into Britain, many others were refused. We must not forget this.' - Maeve Sherlock, chief executive of the Refugee Council, in response to Tory leader Michael Howard's asylum proposals

'Don't come up with that tired old cliche about "overwork" - it's not impressive.' - Stephen Bubb, Coaching Session, p19.

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