Opinion: They said it

"President Bush's re-election is a bad day for the environment."

Friends of the Earth's director, Tony Juniper

"There are various ways to discourage undesirable behaviour ... using the blunt power of the criminal justice system to do this is akin to fixing a watch with a hammer."

Richard Garside, director of the Crime and Society Foundation, on the Government's extension of on-the-spot fines for petty offences

"We are saying, let's wake up to the epidemic of domestic violence in this country and really press for a concerted government strategy that addresses all aspects of violence against women."

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK director, on the human rights group's new poster campaign.

"We aim to ensure the Olympics bring riches to East London, not just more rich people."

Jan Atkins of Bryan Street Methodist church, Stratford, on the ethical compact signed by London Citizens to make sure the Olympic bid benefits all East Enders

"Margaret has no political associations. She represents nobody but the vulnerable and the poor. Your quarrel is not with Margaret. Nor is it with the Irish people, who have been a firm friend of the Arab nations."

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, in a plea to Margaret Hassan's Iraqi kidnappers.

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