WAKE UP CALL

Politicians are one of the least valued sectors of society, according to a survey undertaken by the Institute of Directors (IOD) amongst its members.

In terms of value to society directors voted as below:

1. Doctors 2. Judges (non-flashing, presumably) 3. The clergy 4. Teachers 5. Directors 6. Politicians

The view was echoed in a recent report in the Society Guardian which claimed that, Continue reading

CRUELTY FOR FUN

The League Against Cruel Sports has won a conviction in a private prosecution against two members of the Quantock Staghounds for illegally hunting and killing deer with dogs for entertainment on Exmoor last February. (The Times).

Huntsman Richard Down 41, and whipper-in Adrian Pullivant, 37 were each fined £500 and ordered to pay £1000 costs. Both men, backed by the Countryside Alliance, claimed that they were “exempt-hunting” which requires that the deer are shot as soon as possible after being flushed from cover by dogs, a defence described by the judge as “disingenuous” and “an attempt to deceive”. Continue reading

RESPECT?

The Charity Commission has reported that the campaign against Iraq sanctions run by MP George Galloway was funded from £188,000 of aid money diverted by Saddam Hussein’s regime. (The Times).

This was, say the Commission, an aspect that the MP might have known about, something that has been denied by Galloway, who may now be sued by the Iraq Government for the return of the money.

CHARITY STATS

According to The Charity Commission British donors gave a total of £8.9 billion to 190,439 registered UK charities in 2005/6.

This equates to an average of £46,734 per charity, although some obviously got considerably more than others, showing how misleading averages can be.

The top 30 donors contributed £1.2 billion of the above total, or an average of £40 million each.

Charity Matters July 2007 ISSUE 3

WAKE UP CALL
Politicians are one of the least valued sectors of society, according to a survey undertaken by the Institute of Directors (IOD) amongst its members….

CRUELTY FOR FUN
The League Against Cruel Sports has won a conviction in a private prosecution against two members of the Quantock Staghounds for illegally hunting and killing deer with…

RESPECT?
The Charity Commission has reported that the campaign against Iraq sanctions run by MP George Galloway was funded from £188,000 of aid money diverted by Saddam….

CHARITY STATS
According to The Charity Commission British donors gave a total of £8.9 billion to 190,439 registered UK charities in 2005/6….

PROFITABLE CHARITY WORK, FOR SOME
Sir Terry Wogan was paid £10,340 by the BBC to host the Children in Need appeal last year, on top of his £800,000 a year for his work on radio 2. (Metro)….

CHARITY MANAGER JAILED
A six month jail sentence has been given to a manager of a charity after he stole £11,000 raised to buy a life support unit for premature babies at a local hospital….