Opinion: They said it

"I'm still trying to work out how Eton and Nuffield Hospital are regarded as charities. I'm still waiting for Eton to have their flag day." - Lib Dem MP Bob Russell, a member of the Parliamentary committee that scrutinised the draft Charities Bill

"Voluntary bodies are free to be contentious, complementary, critical, innovative and to follow false trails - any change in the law should ensure they remain so." - Peter Cardy, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief

"I would like to dedicate this award to Margaret Hassan. It's important that we remember her work and the way we all felt at the way she was slaughtered." - Medecins sans Frontieres' Jean-Michel Piedagnel, accepting the Britain's Most Admired Charity award

"It's not charitable." - Michael Parks, on Age Concern's initial refusal to return £1,400 that he had left in the pocket of a coat he had given to the charity's Macclesfield shop

"Billions were spent to get rid of Saddam, yet we turn a blind eye to this evil." - Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International, attacks Mugabe's record in Zimbabwe in the Daily Mirror

"Fathers 4 Justice are in danger of combusting under the weight of their own publicity. Public opinion is going to turn against them." - Gaby Hinsliff, political editor of The Observer, at the NCVO's Political Conference last week.

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