Today, the Indy is continuing it’s valiant campaign against an organisation that can attract monetary support by highlighting a £4000 a year donation made by Neil Record, a trustee of the IEA, to Matthew Hancock, who last week announced that charities can no longer use taxpayer money to lobby the government. Not that they won’t receive Government money, but future contracts will prevent lobbying on the taxpayer pound.
Think about this. A charity receives money from the taxpayer, which hasn’t been given voluntarily but possibly deserves because the Government judges it to be doing good work, and wants to support a specific programme. Fair enough, if an efficient charity is doing a really good job then I don’t have much of a problem with it having a guaranteed income to do this, because they probably are helping a great number of people.
But then it then uses this money to lobby the Government to account for its particular preferences, and not on the intended purpose, which is to help it’s beneficiaries this is not a good thing. These preferences by the way, were usually demand for, urm, more taxes to be raised and the Government to restrict adults from harmless activities.
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH GETTING RID OF THIS?
So, back to the IEA for a moment. In 2009, the Devil started to log the amount of money that charities were receiving from the Government under fakecharities.org. Many years and many hard work hours later, Snowden was able to write a few reports for the IEA on the sock puppets the Government has created; because the practice was so completely wrong, charities now have to spend the money that they receive from the government on what the contract states, which will not be to lobby the Government. Hence the huge hissy fits from charities, and the Independent, which is so wrong on so many issues that it is shutting down. What a shame.
The Independent really doesn’t like the Institute of Economic Affairs. Last week they ran a pretty inaccurate report on an evil neoliberal conspiracy to leave the EU, with “close links” between the some IEA staff members and Vote Leave. A subsequent poll of IEA staff members found pretty mixed opinions of Brexit, and the IEA as an organisation doesn’t have an opinion because it is an educational charity, so urm, yeah conspiracy.
From the soon to be dead Indy “They (the rock solid analysts) cast doubt on how independent the research really is or whether it comes with a broader anti-EU agenda that is then used by the campaign groups to make the case for Brexit.”
I don’t mean to be facetious, but there actually is a possibility that there is an economic case to leave the EU. Shock horror.
Back to the point at hand. Even the clickbait infested Indy says “There is no suggestion that the donations broke any rules or were not properly declared.” Probably because it had nothing to do with the policy change; occasionally, politicians get things right. On such an obvious point, we should be thanking Hancock for ending this practice of throwing money away.
But allowing myself to think the conspiracy theorists who drafted the headline for a moment and think that policy is decided by money; £4000 is pretty good money to end a multi million pound bonanza.