OPINION: They Said It

"What St Mungo's are doing is much more difficult than anything that I have ever done in my life. It makes me feel humble."

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman

"It is a shame that the Government does not have to be accountable for the upheavals that these cuts cause in children's lives."

Jacqui Martin chief executive, Suffolk Carers, on cuts to the Children's Fund

"If we let things slip, our millennium goals will become just another dream. We will be sitting on our sofas, switching on our TVs and watching people die on our screens for the rest of our lives."

Chancellor Gordon Brown at the 'Making Development Work for All' conference

"Unbridled rule by the enthusiast can be alarming."

Ramblers' Association chief executive Nick Barrett on efforts to curtail the powers of the Association's 140,000 members

"Mr Letwin's plan will send a shiver of fear among millions of citizens who care about the world's poorest people."

Action Aid director Richard Miller on the Conservatives' plan to reduce the international development budget

"One possibility is some kind of tick-box where players choose between causes."

Estelle Morris at the 'Giving the lottery back to the people?' seminar at the NCVO conference.

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