Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Charity. Nope quangos by another name.


"A charity that relies in the main part on taxes is no more a charity than a prostitute is your girlfriend."

A brilliant quote which sums up modern "charities". I find it scary the way the bien peasants jump between charities, quangos and government.

Like this guy. From WWF to chairman of the Met Office.

Robert Napier CBE is chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency, having formerly been chairman and non-executive director of English Partnerships.

Robert is also chairman of the Board of the Met Office. He was chief executive of WWF-UK, the UK arm of the World Wide Fund for Nature, from 1999 to April 2007. 

Offices in voluntary, non-profit making bodies etcThe Green Fiscal Commission (Chairman)
Carbon Disclosure Project (Chairman of Trustees)
WCMC 2000 - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Chairman of Trustees)
Watts Gallery (Trustee)
Sedbergh School (Chairman of Governors)
Sedbergh School Developments Ltd (Director)
Baynards Zambia Trust (Trustee)

And what does he know about the weather or climate?

Home alone


"A mother-of-three from the Thames Valley area has been cautioned by police after leaving her 14-year-old son at home with his little brother."
"Sources quoted in the Sunday Times are reported as saying the mother, in her 40s, was away for 30 minutes, the time passed without "incident" and the toddler was never in any danger."
Who hasn't left a big sister or brother at home looking after a younger sibling?
I remember my, then 11 year old, son was left on his own for the day. We were perfectly confident in his common sense. Mid morning he called us because some men were in the garden. We told him not to unlock the door. My wife called the police and I shot home, being overtaken by the police on the way.
The short of it was these men claimed to have seen a dangerous tree in the garden and came in to see if we wanted it cut down. Total bull of course. The police had a stern word with them and end of story.
Now days I suppose we would have been interviewed by the plod.