"All political parties since World War II have spoken softly to charities while in opposition, but once in office have been unable to resist the temptation to try to control them. The present government is no exception"

Peter Cardy, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief, speaking at a good governance conference

"The American government was giving the impression that the military was dealing with the humanitarian problem and that there was no need for the aid agencies to bother their pretty little heads about it"

Nicholas Young, chief executive of the Red Cross, on aid distributed by the military in Afghanistan.

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