Posts Tagged: politics

Transparency and politics in think tanks and charities

The Centre for Policy Studies came out last month with a report criticising larger charities for a lack of transparency over the extent of their public funding.

The CPS is the right-wing think tank set up by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph to champion the rolling back of the state. It reveals its bias with talk of charities “refusing” to provide the information, even though they meet the Sorp’s accounting requirements. Beneath the report’s disingenuous concern about the sector’s viability lurks an agenda about outing the kind of public spending through charities that the CPS would hope to axe. Read more on Transparency and politics in think tanks and charities…

Now the Electoral Commission is acting like a spy

Taking a stand and speaking truth to power takes some courage. When the response of those in power is an overbearing and disproportionate attempt to shut you up, you can bet it is because what you are saying is an uncomfortable truth.

So we have the chancellor, George Osborne, in his Tory party conference speech this month, calling on business to take a stand against the charity sector, as though it were some fifth column. McCarthyesque. Read more on Now the Electoral Commission is acting like a spy…

Celebrate and support Muslim charities – don’t undermine them

William Shawcross, the chair of the Charity Commission, recently stated that the 200-plus charities established since the conflict in Syria began in 2011 that say they operate in Syria are inexperienced and potentially vulnerable to exploitation”, echoing the commission’s guidance on Syria that the public should give only to established charities.

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It’s official – preventing poverty is not charitable

For some time now, the UK charity sector has been under pressure from government and from parts of the media that want to stop it speaking out. Just as the term “political correctness” is used not to highlight bureaucracy gone mad but to signpost that the speaker is about to come out with something objectionable, so “political” has become a term thrown at charities specifically to put them on the defensive.

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Ukip’s policies are not anti-charity

I’ve just been elected for the UK Independence Party as a member of the European Parliament. I’ve done voluntary and charitable work for a number of years, from setting up a charity working with disadvantaged young people to hospital radio broadcasting which I’ve done since I was 15.

I’ve fundraised for charities, worked on both a voluntary and paid basis delivering council holiday sports schemes for children and young people. I donate to several charities. My wife and I sponsor children in the developing world.  Read more on Ukip’s policies are not anti-charity…

Why is the sector keeping quiet on Ukip?

I have been a paid-up member of the Labour Party for more than 30 years and for most of that time I’ve worked in the charity sector, mainly with Christian Aid in various roles including head of advocacy. But throughout that time, I’ve felt uncomfortable about making the following statement:

“If you’re concerned about global development, you must vote Labour”.  Read more on Why is the sector keeping quiet on Ukip?…