Opinion: They said it

'All over the world people are living like this with absolutely nothing and there hasn't been a huge wave causing it.' - World Vision spokesman Jan Butter in India after the Asian tsunami disaster

'I wish I knew the formula that makes this tsunami disaster so compelling versus, say, a famine in Africa.' - Richard Walden, president of Operation USA

'Charity shops sprouting everywhere is the first sign of decline. If there was zero tolerance in policing, they would immediately raid them and shut them down.' - Bob Geldof blaming charity shops for the decline of the traditional British high street

'Perhaps we don't want to go back to the days when the voluntary sector was rebellious and challenging but also somewhat scruffy.' - Clare Short MP speaking at the Acevo West Midlands Annual Forum

'Bullshit.' - Commodore Toby Elliott, chief executive of Combat Stress, the charity for mentally ill ex-servicemen, on the MoD's contention that patient confidentiality is more important than details of injuries to personnel in Iraq

'I want to create a Charity Commission that's a place people want to work because it's at the cutting edge.' - Geraldine Peacock chair of the Charity Commission.

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