Opinion: They said it

'I do not quite understand that. It is very late, I am very tired, and I do not have the will to go on, so I shall withdraw my amendment.' - Lord Phillips of Sudbury, towards the end of the third day of the committee stage of the Charities Bill

'For 30 years, Families Need Fathers has been eating Jammie Dodgers with the Government and they keep getting done over.' - Fathers4Justice founder Matt O'Connor explains why he has opted for direct action

'This is exactly like the tobacco industry claiming that smoking doesn't cause cancer.' - Karin Robertson, from Peta, on a Norwegian Government study that claims lobsters don't feel pain when thrown into boiling water

'There's no point whingeing about it. People were incredibly generous, and we need to work with the Government to make sure we establish long-term giving as a habit.' - Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, on the effect of the tsunami on donations to other causes

'To everyone looking at what is happening on the 19th, it will look and sound just like hunting did before. There will be people on horses - foxes will be killed.' - Tim Bonner, spokesman for the Countryside Alliance.

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