Opinion: They Said It

"When I first met my Norwegian opposite number, Hilde Frafjord Johnson, she said: 'Ah Hilary, I see the British Government has failed to find another woman, but at least they found a man with a woman's name'."

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, at the Jubilee Debt Campaign annual conference

"Rats and mink are culled and no-one raises an eyebrow. Hedgehogs are cute, but that's not necessarily a good basis for sound conservation."

Julia Harrison, spokeswoman, RSPB Scotland

"It is an indictment of us, probably."

Lesley Walker, Cancer Research UK's director of cancer information, on a survey showing that only 29 of 1,000 people knew they were likely to develop cancer if they were overweight

"Thou shalt not pretend to have no change when asked to donate to charity."

One of the Eleventh Commandments suggested in the Methodist Church's beermat competition

"At Guide Dogs, our asset was the vats of dog semen that we had at our breeding centres."

Former Guide Dogs for the Blind chief executive Geraldine Peacock at the Third Sector/Action Planning conference

"I once went for a job at Action on Smoking and Health while I was still a smoker. I didn't get the job."

Robert Music, chief executive, National Endometriosis Society (see p36).

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