Opinion: They said it

"I'd do the same again." Former Samaritan Ray Osborne, who was forced to quit his volunteer position after he tipped off the police that a caller had confessed to murder.

"If a volunteer breaks confidentiality, they are breaking one of the organisation's fundamental principles and will be asked to leave." Samaritans spokesman

"Foster carers are expected to carry out a professional task, yet all too often they are treated as volunteers." Robert Tapsfield, executive director of the Fostering Network, after a survey of UK foster carers revealed that half are paid nothing for their work

"In the same way we have listed buildings, we want to see something similar for ancient trees." Anne Jappie, spokeswoman for the Woodland Trust, which has launched a national campaign calling for legislation to recognise ancient trees as 'green monuments'

"Charitable effort can only ever be a supplement to, not a substitute for, public financial support." Conservative MP John Bercow, speaking in Parliament in support of Ali's Dream, which aims to raise funds for research into childhood brain tumours

"In Britain, polls show that several million adults would refuse point-blank to carry one. The Government should think carefully before spending billions on a scheme that could ignite such public outrage." Liberty statement on ID cards.

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