Sunday, 15 November 2009

Fake Charities Total Political Corruption Bonanza

How the government buys the silence of charities | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer

Nick Cohen makes the surprising discovery that the political class (for once New Labour are ousted, the Tories will continue the process) of suborning charities for their own ends.
In 2007, thinktank Civitas produced a report which revealed the growing dependency of apparently independent institutions. Save the Children, Oxfam, Shelter and the British Red Cross received between 30% and 70% of their money from government. Barnardo's was 78% state funded, Action for Children 88%, while the National Family and Parenting Institute was almost a fully owned subsidiary.
Melanie Phillips was onto this a few months ago.

For many bloggers, however, this is old news and should have been outed in the MSN years ago.

A quick trip to fakecharities will reveal the depressing truth. Unfortunately the site only includes charities that are funded by and lobby the government, whereas there are just as many charities funded by or even set up by the government which don't qualify on those criteria and don't get included.

The only difference between New Labour and the Tories is that the latter have signalled they will do this openly.

Secret or not, it's corrupt and unacceptable, so I humbly suggest you check before you hand over any money to a charity.

The Charity Commission
itself has, of course, been corrupted by New Labour. You can examine the accounts of all registered charities at their site.

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