Opinion: They Said It

"We have this dramatic target for reducing child poverty, yet there is not a single target for reducing social exclusion in adults."

Guy Palmer, director of the New Policy Institute after research revealed a rise in the number of childless adults living below the poverty line

"We're not here to deal with lots of people who use drugs at the weekend and lead normal lives."

Ricardo Woods, manager of Turning Point's drug treatment programmes in north London, on proposals to test people for drugs on arrest

"Britain's position as the cannabis capital of Europe could have disturbing consequences."

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of Sane, on mounting evidence that cannabis can trigger mental illness

"It is the voluntary sector at its best - working from shared principles and taking a holistic approach."

Adam Sampson, director of Shelter, on the partnership-based project Askthesite.org, run by Youth Net UK

"The world has changed enormously since 1911; sadly, for many animals it hasn't changed at all."

Jackie Ballard, director-general of the RSPCA on the interval since the last animal welfare legislation

"It's excessive. It's the sort of money a person gets awarded for being made a quadriplegic."

James Price QC, who represented The Daily Telegraph in the George Galloway libel trial, which saw the rebel MP receive £150,000 in damages.

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