Opinion: They said it

'Whatever the make-up of the next government, it would do well to remember that, over the past 30 years, child deaths from abuse and neglect have not decreased.' - Mary Marsh of the NSPCC urges a longer-term commitment to positive parenting

'Fairtrade sales take the pulse of the public mood. Clearly their heart is beating for trade justice, and now they look to the Government to follow their lead.' - Harriet Lamb, executive director, Fairtrade Foundation

'We know in reality that all the problems would not be solved by stringing up every dealer from the nearest lamp post.' - Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy in an interview for Druglink, DrugScope's bi-monthly magazine

'Like the tobacco companies for which it fronts, Forest is trying to cover the truth in a cloud of poisonous smoke.' - Deborah Arnott, director of Action on Smoking Health, responds to the pro-smoking lobby's demand for more proof that second-hand smoke endangers people's health

'I'll be the curmudgeonly old cow not wearing a piece of red plastic on my nose.' - Janet Street-Porter in The Independent on Red Nose Day.

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