Opinion: They said it

'I believe that money is like muck - not good except to spread around' - Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley, in her speech at the Raising Funds from the Rich conference last week.

'If the parties keep their promises of additional services for disabled children and their families, they will help a lot of people who currently have it very tough' - Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, welcomes long-awaited manifesto pledges on disabled children and their families.

'This is how daft football has become. We employ four staff and run our organisation for that much a year' - Peter Rycroft of Manchester charity Lifeshare on Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand's alleged wage demands of £120,000 a week.

'Those who find the cruel and merciless boiling alive of innocent life as not only acceptable but also comical should start looking over their shoulders' - Message from the Lobster Liberation Front.

'We would have hoped for someone more open to recent developments in the world, the question of the ministry of women and a more reasonable position with regards to condoms and HIV/Aids' - Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the new Pope.

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