Monday, 21 December 2009

Here we go.

Campaigning for the next election has begun with a swipe at the Taxpayer's Alliance. They have a charity through which they can funnel donations and get tax relief on them.

It might or might not be dodgy but the Labour outrage seems a little hypocritical since they've set up and funded more fakecharities than you can shake a collecting tin at.

Labour politicians attacked the apparent scheme as hypocritical, and tax accountants warned it could breach charity law, which states that organisations may not be charitable if they have political purposes.

Oh, really? How about ASH, whose social engineering agenda cannot be other than political? How about all the other social engineers masquerading as charities, eh?

"The Taxpayers' Alliance appears to be exploiting the taxpayer rather than protecting their interests as they claim to do," said John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister. "This body ought not to be subsidised to pursue its political goals. They have now become properly the non-taxpayers' alliance."

Nice try, Tumbleguts. They are only doing what the rest of your dodgy charities are doing and they do it from a basis that excessive tax is wrong, whereas the Labour collection of nagging drones do it from the basis that excessive taxation is just fine and dandy as long as they get the money.

It does suggest, of course, that the fakecharity circus will continue under the Tories along with the licking of EU sphincter and the deep, nasty control of every aspect of life. So I won't vote Tory either. Okay, there wouldn't be any point here because they'll get about as many votes as the Monster Raving Loonies in this part of the country, if they're lucky. Labour do get votes here but not from me.

It is amusing though, to see Labour attack the Tories for doing exactly the same sort of thing they've been doing themselves for the last twelve years.

It's going to be an interesting campaign as the parties attempt to show the people there is a difference between them when really, there isn't. It's like Edam slagging off Jarlsberger for being a bland cheese, and Jarlsberger countering with the same argument.

It'll be fun to watch but the fun will end when one of those parties wins.

Unless we vote them out. We can, you know. Just put the 'X' in a different box. It's easy, fun and you'll live longer and your teeth and hair will grow back.

Trust me. I'm a Doctor.


banned said...

Too true Leg_Iron, lets hope the whole fakecharity can of worms is opened by this.
"The Charity Commission has opened several "assessment cases" prior to a possible investigation."
Bring it on.

charles said...

You were up late for a Sunday LI

Unknown said...

ASH (spit) lept out at me from the screen LI when I started reading this piece. These politicians would make me laugh if they didn't already make me cry inside. Bunch of hypocritical bastards, the lot of them!!!

Chris said...

"Hypocrisy, thy name is Labour."

Is there any aspect of public life those filthy vermin won't politicize? Or is that all part of the continual revolution?

Anonymous said...

According to this week's Spectator (p.16) the National Council for Voluntary Organisations report that there are more than 25,000 charities who receive more than 75% of their funding from government.


That's of 170,000 total registered charities.

Mark Wadsworth said...

The TPA are scrupulously not aligned to any political party. They're happy to send speakers to party conferences, but so far AFAIAA, only UKIP and The Tories have invited them.

Fausty said...

If the left-wing extremist party want a fight, we might want to remind them about Tony Blair's neat little trick.

If they were sensible, that might shut them up. But they're not.

Even if we want to vote them out, the EU might rule the 2010 general election illegal - and I bet the snot gobbler will exploit the fact.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Cripes. Didn't know I was treading on your toes earlier, LI.

Nice to know that a fair proportion can instantly splutter at the hypocrisy as we encounter it, though.

Anonymous said...

Possibly bad news for the TPA. But then if the Charity Commission is going to start stirring up theat particular can of worms I'm willing to see the TPA fall if it means, ASH, Alcohol Concern, BRAKE and the rest go with them....

Leg-iron said...

DP - you aren't likely to tread on my toes ;)

I'd like to see the Labour party forced to prove their allegation that the TPA is part of the Tory party.

If the charity commission investigates this, and shows that the TPA is neutral, it could leave Prescott with egg on his face... again.

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