Opinion: They said it

'We need to root out the recidivists and we will seek to do so.' Fiona Mactaggart, the charities minister, on how the new Compact Plus will improve the funding practices of government departments

'It cannot be a coincidence that, after two years of us staging these protests at solicitors' offices without any arrests, all of a sudden the police react just eight weeks before the election.' Fathers 4 Justice on what it describes as a "politically motivated crackdown on the group"

'When solid good causes start to suffer from the hyperactive, self-righteous conscience of every passing bully, we should take notice.' The Times's Libby Purves on the Institute of Cancer Research's decision to turn down £30,000 from a shooting enthusiast for fear of the action animal rights protesters might take in response

'It shows that the Government's climate change programme has failed to get control over emissions.' Friends of the Earth statement on the increase in carbon dioxide emissions

'Millions of people are dying because of conflict and poverty while rich countries are busy jostling for Security Council seats.' Nicola Reindorp, head of Oxfam's New York office.

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