Opinion: They Said It

"They wanted at least $500,000 for the privilege and I think that's completely disgusting."

Elton John criticises two unnamed pop stars who wanted cash to perform at a charity gig for his Aids Foundation

"The return of mail trains is great news for the environment."

Friends of the Earth chief executive Duncan McLaren on the Royal Mail's reversal of its decision to axe mail trains.

"This cosy elite is apparently unfazed by the recommendations and confident it can meet any public benefit test, presumably tipped off by the usual suspects in government that it has nothing to fear."

Fiona Millar, Cherie Blair's former aide, in The Guardian on public schools

"It is appalling how everyone neglects the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you play the numbers game it is far worse than Darfur."

Christian Aid's international editor Judith Melby

"For most of the year, stags are big gormless lumps you can stroke on the head. Then they transform into these mad animals which are trying to kill each other."

The British Deer Society's Hugh Rose, after a Yorkshire deer farmer was killed by a stag during rutting season

"It's highly stigmatising, linking mental illness with dangerousness."

Tim Watkins of the Wales Alliance for Mental Health on the Government's Mental Health Bill, which proposes to widen compulsory treatment.

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