Opinion: They said it

'Charity is from the heart while so much of politics is from the spleen.'

Lord Phillips of Sudbury, in the second reading of the Charities Bill in the Lords

'My friends think it's a bit of a laugh that I'm a Tawny Owl one night a week. But I think they can see the value of it.'

21-year-old volunteer for Girlguiding UK Darcie Grahame

'Our marine heritage is in a shameful state for a maritime nation.'

WWF senior marine policy officer Jan Brown

'The work of botanic gardens in plant conservation is of vital importance at this time when, for tens of thousands of plants, it is quite literally one minute to midnight.'

Secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International Peter Wyse Jackson

'I would rethink crime and punishment by abandoning the ineffective concept of punishment, which is simply revenge in camouflage.'

Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform, in a booklet of new ideas on crime and punishment

'No-one is suggesting he sings like Domingo, but he is raising money for a good cause.'

A spokesman from HBOS defending the vocal credentials of Howard Brown.

See Fundraising, p9.

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