9 thoughts on “The myth of sock puppet independence”

  1. Posted 24/01/2013 at 12:23 | Permalink

    State funding of any charity is disgraceful. Charities are being funded by coercion, whereas last time I looked the very nature of charitable giving was that it was voluntary. The whole thig is a political scam to further embed the client state. Stop all of it now.

  2. Posted 24/01/2013 at 12:27 | Permalink

    Except that a Conservative government would not divert funding to free-market groups. They are more likely to continue to fund left-wing charities, in the hope of appeasing them a bit in this way. A bit like big corporations giving money to anti-capitalist groups like Greenpeace.

  3. Posted 24/01/2013 at 13:13 | Permalink

    Any charity that is overwhelmingly funded by public money from the exchequer is not a charity.

    Its a quango.

  4. Posted 24/01/2013 at 13:56 | Permalink

    Whoever pays the piper should call the tune, if you’re going to engage pipers in the first place.
    But there is the aroma of another Piper here, one who did not get paid. Spiteful little bugger he was, too.
    But once you’ve conceded that you must pay a piper, regardless of how well (s)he plays a tune, a tune you didn’t ask for and didn’t particularly want to hear, and a tune which doesn’t at least have the saving virtue of ridding your town of rats, this is the sort of mire you fall into.

  5. Posted 24/01/2013 at 14:00 | Permalink

    There should be a clear line between state spending and private individuals giving to charities to spend on their behalf, and never the twain should meet.

    Stop government charity donations now.

  6. Posted 24/01/2013 at 14:39 | Permalink

    Some free-market charities would simply refuse to accept ‘government’ money from taxpayers.

  7. Posted 24/01/2013 at 15:02 | Permalink

    There are 27 000 of these fake charities taking large amounts of taxpayers money to campaign and lobby for their pet causes when if they had to generate funds the way real charities do – eg standing on street corners – they would hardly get a penny piece, which tells you how much genuine public support they have. Examples are ASH – who are trying to stop you smoking, Stonewall – who promote the Homosexual way of life, Alcohol Concern – who want to limit your drinking and Brake – who want you to drive at 20 mph. All of these are subsidised by taxpayers money via Government and Government agencies. Put another way – You are paying for them ! What’s more, many of these Fake Charities have CEOs on salaries of £60k or more, again funded by you !
    Meanwhile, real honest charities doing real honest charitable work like RNLI and Air Ambulance seem to get nothing and instead have to rely on individual and private donations. This is an enormous scandal and needs to be given as much publicity as possible. More than that, Government ( i.e taxpayers ) support of Fake Charities or ‘Sock Puppets’ needs to be stopped as soon as possible. If their cause is worthy, they will find their support elsewhere.

  8. Posted 24/01/2013 at 17:03 | Permalink

    But this conversation is not just relevant to the Charity sector. Labour during their time in office stuffed the quangos and the civil service full of Labour placemen, not to mention the BBC having a native left wing slant. Is it any surprise the Tories ability to execute it’s agenda is so ineffective?

    In fact the only department achieving anything is Education, where Michael Gove simply excluded the Civil Servants from any role in the delivery of policy.

    All of this patronage needs to be revoked and mandated against by statute…

  9. Posted 25/01/2013 at 09:11 | Permalink

    One might even speculate that the process of government funding charities was used effectively as a way of buying votes. There are only about 50,000 charities big enough to have paid employees in this country, so half of these probably draw the majority of their income from the state – and state funding is almost certainly concentrated mainly on the biggest of these charities. Charities employ 780,000 people, so its a fair bet that half a million people working in charities rely on taxpayer funding, to some extent, for their jobs.

    They’re likely to vote for whichever political party promises to maintain that funding, aren’t they?

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