Opinion: They Said It

"We have a tolerance of abuse for older people, which we don't have for children or for the disabled."

Gary FitzGerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse

"Some people want to wait until they die to hand on their legacy, but the whole point of dying a very wealthy man must be wrong."

Tom Hunter, sporting goods magnate, who plans to donate £100m to charity in the next year

"Unfair trade practices in Europe and Britain mean we end up taking more money out of Africa than we put in."

Daleep Mukarji, Christian Aid director

"I know you have trouble saying 'no' to free things, no matter how ghastly."

Ingrid Newkirk, director of animal welfare charity Peta, in a letter to fur-wearing supermodel Naomi Campbell, offering her a free trip to Canada to watch baby seals being clubbed to death

"Research shows that large numbers of young people campaign on issues such as poverty and injustice. Unless the Government listens to young people, they may be providing the opportunity to vote, but not the incentive."

Brendan O'Donnell, Action Aid's youth network co-ordinator, on the Government's plans to give the vote to 16-year-olds in order to tackle political 'apathy' among young people.

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