Opinion: They said it

'I cannot believe that we were allowed to be so close to his car - there was very little security and the eggs could have been grenades'. - Fathers 4 Justice activist Michael Downes, after he flung free-range eggs at close range when Tony Blair visited Oldham.

'This Labour manifesto will do nothing to dispel concern in the countryside that the sort of prejudiced legislation imposed on rural people in the last Parliament could be repeated in the next' - Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, after Labour omitted earlier promises not to restrict shooting and angling

'The money we ask for for all of these forgotten and neglected emergencies is one-fifth of what Europe spends on ice cream per year. It is two-and-a-half fighter jets' - UN emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland about the need for cash to fund ongoing crisis relief in Africa

'Charles can marry twice; gays can't marry once' - The words on a poster displayed by Outrage activist Peter Tatchell outside the royal wedding

'Whoever is elected needs to quickly turn words into actions if we are to achieve real change at the G8 at Gleneagles in July' - Oxfam director Barbara Stocking.

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