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.