Category Archives: Charities campaigning

Oxfam’s Haiti scandal should force us to rethink how Charities deliver International Aid

  Oxfam plus other aid and development charities are rightly being castigated for the appalling actions of some of their staff, for example those in Haiti. Some also argue there is a systemic problem associated with these agencies, known as … Continue reading

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Parliament rejects Baroness Stowell for Charity Commission job. Govt ignores them.

Some of you sharper eyed readers (clue – that’s all of you) will remember I wrote about the background to the incoming Charity Commission chair, Baroness Tina Stowell a couple of weeks ago.  Shortly after that article, it was revealed … Continue reading

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Cameron woos Welsh farmers: it’s all about the exports

  This from Today’s Farmers Weekly: EU exit could cost UK’s livestock farmers £330m, says PM Livestock farmers would be forced to pay an extra £330m a year to export their goods abroad in the event of an exit from … Continue reading

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Badger-Cull Roll-Out and Charity Gagging show Government is living in its own Bubble

This week Natural England announced that it had received 29 applications for new badger cull areas, covering the entire south-west of England, extending to Herefordshire Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Under the beady eye of their masters at Defra, Natural England have … Continue reading

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IEA may end up gagging on its own sock puppet

  Charities are to be banned from using “tax payers’ money” to influence Parliament, Government or Political Parties, the so called “sock puppet” issue. The Government has decided to introduce this change in legislation, as a result of a campaign … Continue reading

Posted in Charities campaigning, Institute of Economic Affairs, libertarians, neoliberalism, sock puppet, Think Tanks, Tory Party, Uncategorized, voluntary sector | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Countryside Alliance attack on Chris Packham shows their conflicted attitude towards Freedom of Speech

              One would imagine the Countryside Alliance to be a place that welcomed free speech. Indeed the CA (both in England and Wales, and in Scotland) lobbied against the Lobbying Act, because they were … Continue reading

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Kids Company sheds little light in what Government thinks Civil Society is for

      Yesterday brought the very sad and alarming news that Kids Company had closed, due to lack of funding. It appears that the last straw was when a private philanthropist who withdrew a £3m donation on hearing that … Continue reading

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UKIP – the new Monday Club?

Bastions of Power: The Institute of Directors           The problem with the internet is that it is easy to make connections between people, events and organisations: you could call it a conspiracy theory generator. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Charities campaigning, corporate lobbying, deregulation, neoliberalism, the far right, Think Tanks, Tory Party, UKIP, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

You forgot to show us the Astroturf Beefy

I don’t know whether UKIP has successfully put some psychotropic chemical in the water supply, but the bizarre stories seem to just keep on coming at the moment. The latest is the launch of a “network” – how do you … Continue reading

Posted in anti conservation rhetoric, anti-environmental rhetoric, Astroturfing, blood sports, Charities campaigning, Charities Commission, corporate lobbying, RSPB, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Stick to the Knitting

“I think the Knitters have left you a message Minister” It’s just as well there is less than a year left in this Parliament – and so very little if any time for new legislation or policy development. This is … Continue reading

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