Opinion: They said it

'This generosity brings with it a heavy moral obligation, as well as serious risks to image and reputation.'

Francois Bugnion of the International Red Cross on the public response to the Asian tsunami appeal

'This is an urgent appeal to ask you to take immediate action to prevent the biggest attack on British civil liberties in 800 years.'

Liberty's full-page ad in The Guardian appealing for support to stop the Prevention of Terrorism Bill

'Volunteer activists who promote Fairtrade have the best of intentions. The trouble is that the action the movement proposes is no more than a sticking plaster for a few.'

Iain Whyte, Conservative leader on the City of Edinburgh Council, on Fairtrade Fortnight

'We need measures that will bring the kind of attitude change that has been achieved with drink driving.'

Vera Baird, QC, championing the Amnesty International and Women's National Commission report What a Waste, which calls for an integrated strategy to tackle violence against women

'A tax of £1 or £2 on every plane ticket in the world would produce almost enough revenue to finance the fight against Aids.'

Gerard Errera, French ambassador to the UK.

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