You what Polly?

Jonathan Porritt has named and shamed green groups keeping their heads down over selling off forests. It\’s a timely warning: those who stay quiet now will lose support in the long run. He was joined by Deborah Doane, head of the World Development Movement. \”The same is happening with development NGOs – there is a fawning attitude over this government which defies belief. Many are acting in their own self-interest, at the behest of government, fearing cuts if they raise their head above the parapet. So professionalised have they become that they\’ve lost the view of the role they\’re meant to play – to uphold the public good, and fight for the rights of the commons, by keeping government held to account.\”

And there was us thinking that charities were the expression of our voluntary yet collective will.

You know, we give them some portion of our money and they go and solve some of the problems in the world that we care about enough to spend out money on them.

Now we learn that really NGOs have usurped Parliament: that job of holding the executive to account.

Ho Hum.

3 thoughts on “You what Polly?”

  1. You are being too kind to these “frauds” that are being perpetrated on the UK public. For example, if you are stopped in the street by a charity worker they must tell you if they are employed to raise funds. None do. Most harass you.

    More reading http://uk.myspace.com/charitywatch

  2. “The same is happening with development NGOs – there is a fawning attitude over this government which defies belief. Many are acting in their own self-interest, at the behest of government, fearing cuts if they raise their head above the parapet. So professionalised have they become that they’ve lost the view of the role they’re meant to play – to uphold the public good, and fight for the rights of the commons, by keeping government held to account.”

    Piper players wary of playing songs the payer doesn’t like. Whoda thunk it. If Polly wants these organs to be more forthright then she should be recommending they forgo taxpayer money.

    The idea that the ‘big society’ nonsense is ruining the voluntary sector is a perverse point of view – it was ruined by vast amounts of taxpayer money and Government interference.

    There was one good comment I saw in a brief look at them – recommending the public get interested in what councils are spending our money on. That should have been happening anyway (and the local media keeping an eye on waste and wrong priorities too) but the ‘cuts’ are as good a kick up the arse to do it as you could imagine. Given the opportunity councils will cut whatever is easiest and most emotive to cut.

    This has the potential to be a very liberating process by which the public provide much more form to local Government.

  3. Porritt is a feeder at the state trough (the “sustainable development” quango) & it has been noticed how many charities are actually government funded fakecharities. So “who stay quiet now will lose support in the long run” is a threat by civil servants that, if they don’t rally to the cause of eco-fascist empire building now the civil service will cut them off when the next one comes in.

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