Opinion: They Said It

"It's early days and I'm learning a lot about charities, the dedication of their staff and how they operate, but what I already know is that there is an awful lot to be done."

Irvine Laidlaw, Scottish multi-millionaire and Tory party donor, after announcing plans to found a trust that would give up to £20m a year to charities

"It is hard to imagine a device that inflicts more gratuitous damage on the environment."

Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, on patio heaters

"Gradually, and inexorably, the distinction between public spending and lottery cash will be blurred and lost."

Times columnist Magnus Linklater on the launch of the Big Lottery Fund

"Pathetic and silly."

The BNP after the National Trust complained that the party had not requested permission to use the White Cliffs of Dover in its party political broadcast

"Teenagers are as romantic and idealistic as they ever were. They would be less likely to rush headlong into affairs if they didn't have the safe-sex message forced on them."

Phyllis Bowman, director, Right to Life

"Unnecessary, severe and damaging regulation."

Association for Charities report into 12 interventions by the Charity Commission

"If the PM wants to organise a Live Aid II, then good luck to him."

Bob Geldof denying the reports that he and Bono were planning Live Aid II.

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