“Charities should ‘stick to knitting’ not politics, minister says”

From the Daily Telegraph:

Campaigning charities should “stick to their knitting” instead of getting drawn into the “realm of politics”, the new minister for civil society has said.


Brooks Newmark warned charities against “straying” into politics instead of “helping others” during a question and answer session following a speech.

Reminds me a bit of the famous Helder Camara quote:

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.”

That seems to be exactly the attitude of our Government. They are quite happy for charities to fill in the gaps left by their policies, but if those charities dare to question the policies themselves, they are shouted down for ‘having an agenda’ or being ‘Labour stooges’.


2 thoughts on ““Charities should ‘stick to knitting’ not politics, minister says”

  1. I have a bit of a problem with charities in general.

    The problem is that charities that get money, by definition, appeal to those with the money to give to them. And the more you give the more influence you have.

    So we quickly get into the situation where the problems that get addressed are the ones those with the money feel reflects best on them.

    So charities lobbying policiticians are often mouthpieces of the worthy rich.

    Nobody ever bothers asking those who are poor what they want to see sorted. Probably because they’d say they’d like a job, a living income and somewhere half decent to live.

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