Opinion: They said it

"We accept vibrations and rumbling, but when the hooting rose to 95 decibels it became unbearable."

David Mitchell, founder of Who Gives A Hoot, a campaign group that lobbied to ban trains using their horns

"Even if it means I've got to do it myself and take a fire extinguisher, I'm determined that poppies will be falling on 14 November."

Sandwell councillor Keith Davies after the annual Poppy shower from West Bromwich town hall, held on behalf of the Royal British Legion, was banned on safety grounds

"The Government clearly doesn't have control of the UK's ability to meet its target of a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010."

Bryony Worthington, Friends of the Earth's climate spokeswoman

"This seems to fly in the face of research that shows vulnerable young people can develop gambling problems, regardless of the stake."

Caroline Abrahams, NCH director of policy on the Gambling Bill continuing to allow under-18s to use slot machines

"People who have received Anti-Social Behaviour Orders include a boy who has been banned from saying the word 'grass' and an 86-year-old Second World War veteran banned from banging his garage doors or being sarcastic."

Richard Garside, director of the Crime and Society Foundation, on ASBOs.

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