Standard’s Paul Waugh hypes up charity complaint


6:18 pm - April 30th 2010

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The Evening Standard’s Paul Waugh is hyping up a complaint to the Charity Commission from the Greg Hands, Conservative Party candidate for Hammersmith and Fulham, about the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, a newly registered charity.

The nature of Hands’ complaint is not revealed, but Waugh is ever so excited to hear that Hands complaint is to be assessed.

How exciting… not.

Scratch the surface and it becomes clear that Greg Hands has received little more than a letter of acknowledgement.

Any complaint the commission receives is subject to an initial assessment no matter who made it or how serious or frivolous its content.

At this stage the Charity Commission has yet to decide whether or not to investigate, but it has passed Hands complaint on to the charity out of courtesy.

It is far too soon to tell whether there is any merit in the issues Hands raises and every chance Paul Waugh will be disappointed.

Perhaps Hands and Waugh are upset that Liam Fox’s Atlantic Bridge charity has felt obliged to formally end its commitment to the ‘special relationship as exemplified by the Reagan-Thatcher‘ partnership’ as it buckles under the strain of an all too real Charity Commission investigation.

(Although we’re sure that when its advisory board of William Hague, George Osborne, Chris Grayling, Micheal Gove et al meet up, their love of Maggie is undiminished.)

Fox’s think tank (which has not published a thought since registering as a charity in 2003) is best known for paying for $2,500 a night rooms for US senators like Jon Kyl who spent last summer attacking telling Americans that Britons hate the NHS and sponsoring celebrations of William Hague’s books.

The Charity Commission investigation of the Atlantic Bridge, and a parallel US investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, are ongoing.

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Fox’s think tank (which has not published a thought since registering as a charity in 2003) is best known for paying for $2,500 a night rooms for US senators like Jon Kyl who spent last summer attacking telling Americans that Britons hate the NHS and sponsoring celebrations of William Hague’s books.

And, of course, throwing parties for lying, bloodstained scoundrels.

i used to love watching thatcher talk about human rights in soviet controlled afghanistan then see her grovel to saudi tyrants

3. Nick Cohen is a Tory

Talking of evening standard Tories who the dirty work for right wing think tanks.
Cohen’s new article in Standpoint is hoping Dave will go all Thatcherite.
http://nickcohen.net/2010/04/30/the-phoney-election/
His thought police site didn’t allow this post
“A muddled article in which Mr Cohen swings like a drunken boxer.
Nothing about how he would solve the problems, You feel that he is more inclined towards the Tharcherite/Hannan model for solutions. Although Daniel’s H Iceland, note thw store, seems to be in a bigger mess than we are, although, Nick never mentions that particular country
Talking of the real elections
I must admit Mr Cohen was right about Labour replacing Brown. Gordon has been a disaster.
After the election Mr Cohen and I will be worrying about 2 different elections.
I hoping that Cruddas or Johnston gets the leadership of the Labour party. Mr Cohen with a large smile on his face about the results of the general election, hoping he can get his pal Boris to replace Dave for the next but one election ”
What a shitty rag !

Shame, I thought Waugh was a “respected” journo, i.e. not blatantly partisan in any particular direction. Must be like the IFS, then, which whilst being “non-partisan” and “respected” very clearly has its own subjective ideological position (rather than the impossible “objective unbiased” economic view), if not a party-partisan bent.


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