Isn’t this a surprise from Ritchie?
More importantly, tax relief has been used to constrain charitable activity, particularly when a charity wishes to not just relieve poverty but to ask why the poor suffer the injustices society heaps upon them both here and around the world. That moves a charity into that dangerous arena of ‘politics’ that is denied to those who wish to receive tax relief. But is that simply a mechanism for enforcing control on a part of society that should be asking the important questions about the changes needed that would eliminate so many of the problems that charities exist to tackle? And as such is tax relief in practice acting as a powerful tool for maintaining the status quo that the biggest absolute givers (by amount, if not by proportion of either income or wealth) would rather not challenge?
Man who has written highly political reports for charities, man who is paid by a charity to do highly political work, insists that the tax relief that these charities enjoy should stop because it prevents them from funding highly political work and activists.
Whatever happened to know thyself?