This isn’t the worst of it

One of Britain’s biggest charities gave £275,000 to an Irish republican group whose offices were raided this year by anti-terrorism police investigating sex-trafficking, violent intimidation and “paramilitary-style attacks”.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust funded a support group closely linked to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a banned terrorist organisation. A man held in the raids was charged with running a brothel and extortion.

The York-based trust was strongly condemned yesterday by a politician from Northern Ireland’s nationalist SDLP party. She called the award “sickening”. The Charity Commission ordered the trust last night to “explain and justify” its funding decision. A source close to the regulator labelled it “astonishing and absolutely appalling”.

The Times reported this week that the trust, a Quaker organisation, had given £550,000 to a group that accused a Labour MP of “industrial-scale racism” for highlighting the sexual abuse of girls by gangs of British Pakistani men.

Didn’t they send some money Ritchie’s way? Far worse, obviously.

27 thoughts on “This isn’t the worst of it”

  1. What has a chocolate-maker’s charity got to do with Fenians?

    I suppose a fat bastard like Murphy eats a lot of chocolate but that is the only direction the subsidy should run in.

  2. I think there is more than one Rowntree trust, and the one that funds Murphy is not this one. They are all nominally Quaker trusts, but at least one (JRRT) has become infested by LibDems which explains their frequent funding of the yellow peril.

  3. Most ‘Charities’ nowadays seem to be controlled by left-wing, anti-white, anti-western pieces of s**t. We need strong government action on this.

    Ha, only kidding! May and company are utterly useless an won’t lift a finger.

  4. Alex

    There are four Joseph Rowntree trusts. The JR Housing Trust provides social housing, with all the political correctness that now involves. The others often fund subversion.

    The austere Joseph Rowntree wanted his money to be used to tackle “the underlying causes” (JR’s 1904 memorandum) of social problems, rather than treating their symptoms. What he had in mind, I believe, was more self-discipline and no alcohol.

    His modern trustees have hijacked his funds and distorted his priorities.

  5. What will happen:

    The Trust will declare it “an error of judgement” and some senior bod “will take full responsibility”.
    No one will suffer any consequences – no prosecution or sackings.
    The Charities Commission will say “naughty boys, don’t do it again” and then turn to a more interesting topic, such as who funds right of centre charities they don’t like.

  6. Murphy will say “of course it is awful, shocking, BUT” and then devote 2,000 words to how it is a neoliberal plot.

  7. Ha, only kidding! May and company are utterly useless an won’t lift a finger

    When faced with an opponent’s open goal May’s preferred tactic is a 90 yard back pass into her own.

  8. Why do charities get tax exemptions anyway.
    If tax money is indeed needed for purposes necessary for the common good then those purposes should take priority over the less necessary purposes that are left to charities. If not then the tax burden can be lowered.
    Also the status of trust funds needs sorting. I have my doubts whether either Rowntree or Scott would actually approve of the use to which their funds are currently being put.

  9. Hugh

    JUST West Yorkshire is a very small charity (circa £70K turnover), details here:

    They do receive grants from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, but £550,000 would be off the scale (circa £50K-£60K the last couple of years – Note 2 in the accounts link), a complete step change?

    Richard would approve of the objectives, but not that last year they lodged unsigned / undated accounts with the Charity Commission, nor that this year’s are overdue…

  10. At least he’s given up hope of getting the Ermine…

    “We do not need 800 Lords. In fact we don’t need the Lords at all. We need a second, regionally elected chamber of members with long terms, but time limited service.”

    Translation, “if I can’t be in it then I’ll campaign to shut it”


  12. Pat, the tax exemption is a matter of administrative convenience. If a charity did make a significant profit, it would soon be charged tax. In any case, a lot of charities are set up as companies limited by guarantee so tax is due if they make profits. I wonder how many independent schools funded by Leather sellers, Haberdashers and Skinners etc actually make profits. The livery companies seem to achieve much better outcomes than government does

  13. Noel, I have noticed that his blogging went on pause earlier this week and that he has been posting in a frenzy since then. Has he had a psychotic break? His current posts make the historical ones seem sane. It is as if what existed of his brain has been removed

  14. @Rob, July 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Aided and abetted by her harpies…

    …Good evening, and welcome to the magnificent Jean Monnet Stadium, as Britain prepares to take on Brussels.

    We’re only moments away from kick-off and it is clear from the starting line-up that May has come here hoping for a draw, at best, and would probably settle for a heavy defeat.

    Not only has she made no preparations for a penalty shoot-out, she’s even forgotten to select a goalkeeper.

    But none of that matters now. The referee has the whistle to his lips, and the 2018 play-off between Britain and Brussels is at last underway.

    Davis slips it back to Fox, playing wide right tonight. Fox is looking for Boris Johnson, who hasn’t been seen since before the Heathrow third runway debate. But he dithers on the ball for too long and he’s brought down from behind, not by a Brussels player but by one of his own team-mates.

    That challenge will earn Dominique Grieve the first yellow card of the match. The free kick is taken quickly by Soubry, who receives the ball back from Ken Clarke and sets off on a mazey run through her own defence before slotting it into an empty net.

    One-nil to Brussels!

    Quite remarkable. Brussels have taken the lead after less than a minute, yet haven’t had to venture out of their own half.

    From the restart, Davis again finds Fox, but as he attempts to move the ball forward, he’s flattened by Hammond. There are appeals to let VAR review the incident, but the referee waves play on and the pass is again intercepted by Soubry.

    She dances past one challenge, past two and squares to Nicky Morgan, who volleys the ball into her own net.

    Another own goal!

    Two-nil to Brussels, and under three minutes played.

    No movement on the subs’ bench yet, although I’m hearing that Rees-Mogg — nicknamed Gorgeous Gus, after the aristocratic footballer from the boys’ comic The Victor — has sent his butler to fetch his boots from the Bentley.

    Unless May does something to turn the game around, this could become a rout. Who can save Britain? But wait! Here comes Boris, hoisting up his shorts and pursued by a salvo of bog rolls from the terraces.

    As Soubry sets off in search of another own goal, Boris hurls himself at her, rugby-style, but he’s tripped cynically by Gove and falls short again…

  15. Jonathan – then why not change charities by becoming a trustee in several of them?
    Can’t all be a particular classification if other people who aren’t of that classification get involved in being a trustee.

  16. @DtP

    Not all Englishmen are alike, just as not all Americans are alike.

    A certain stubborn bloody-minded nature and general sense of what is right and fair play will abide long after the transient wave of spineless pc handwringing has passed.

    Just remember. An American once told me “you Brits needed us in 1917 and 1941” to which I replied “no we didn’t, we needed you in 1914 and 1939.”

  17. the trust, a Quaker organisation

    QINO I’m sure. Something, something about what inevitably happens to organisations that aren’t explicitly right-wing?

  18. I discussed this at my local Meeting this morning, and there has been rumbling concerned about the direction the Roundtree trusts have taken, but they have been so comprehensively taken over by activists that Quakers have near to no input in them any more. It’s like Roundtree Foods is just a division of Nestle, it’s not Roundtree Foods any more.

  19. Infiltrate the organisation, hollow it out, use it as a base for political activity and supporting our enemies. After all, a charity is the perfect cover. It’s like operating out of a Red Cross hospital in wartime.

  20. PF

    It turns out that the £550,000 is a report of JRCT’s total donation since the campaign’s foundation following the Northern Uprising (eh?) in 2001.
    See for history,trutess,etc.
    And for the contact address.

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