Opinion: They said it

"... if we were to use them (voluntary organisations) in a more sensitive, coherent and thoughtful way, although Government would not get a service for nothing, they would get a trained, thoughtful and well motivated organisation for an absolute pittance."

Patrick Mercer MP (Con) during the third reading of the Civil Contingencies Bill last week

"We are reassured by ministers that there is no intention to have a wholesale change to charitable status."

Dick Davison, head of the Independent Schools Council

"It's an insult to those of us who are from an ethnic minority or who are black. The way he defines himself, as a young, urban, hip lad does not make him an ethnic minority. I don't think he'll understand why he's got this."

Piara Power, director of the Kick It Out campaign, which aims to eliminate racism from football, on David Beckham's gong for Sporting Personality of the Year at the ethnic multicultural media awards (Emmas)

"Figures last year showed the courts dealt with around 37,000 cases and men were refused contact in 650 cases - that's about 2 per cent. So I think they have exaggerated this out of all proportion."

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, on Fathers4Justice's complaints about fathers' lack of access to their children.

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