29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to promote the games, led to a focus on disability sport like never before. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Yes, we probably Read More
29 August 2005 – New Orleans It’s been ten years since Katrina tore through the South East of the United States, causing thousands to lose their lives and billions of dollars worth of damage. The impact on people’s lives is being felt to this day. Natural disasters such as this are, for obvious reasons, highly Read More
15 February 2003 – Various Despite the numbers, the war went ahead anyway. The images over the following years became almost as iconic as those of the millions marching through London and other cities. Bush in front of the “Mission Accomplished” sign; the toppling of the Saddam statue; the subsequent trial and execution. The question Read More
As a neutral organisation, we cannot benefit from something which overtly supports one political party. In addition, the Red Cross has a proud history of helping refugees and asylum seekers who are negatively referred to in the lyrics.
The Red Cross, who know full well that charitable donation doesn’t absolve you of guilt. Georgia Graham, ‘Ukip fury as Red Cross reject Calypso song charity donation for ebola victims’, The Telegraph, 22 October 2014, 6:22 BST (accessed 23 October 2014, 12:15 BST).Telegraph Piece
My piece on politics and charity
Fellow historian George Gosling has written a more in-depth piece about Brooks Newmark‘s (brief) tenure as Civil Society minister, and detailed some of the worrying attitudes towards the voluntary sector from the Conservative hierarchy in recent years. The historical background is particularly interesting.
In what is becoming a depressing series of “charity is political, and if you pretend otherwise you’re living under a rock“, The Sun is using Help for Heroes wristbands to attack the leader of the Labour Party. The Sun attacks Ed Miliband for not supporting its attempts to boost its circulation figures: https://t.co/AWPQBujZ8U — Tom Read More
What men think and believe attainable, is to be attained. A brave man, now blind, said to us the other day: ‘The world’s attitude to the blind, and the blind man’s attitude to himself, has hitherto been formed by the whine of the blind beggar, which by the way meant so many more pennies in the blind man’s cap. We know better nowadays. The blind man can be useful — and happy.’ If he can be, so can the rest of the disabled.
John Galsworthy, Reveille: Devoted to the Disabled Sailor & Soldier, 1 (August 1918), 5.
The claim by Brooks Newmark that charities should stick to knitting rather than politics was greeted with some rather amusing responses. But it betrayed two deeper elements of English politics. First, conservative (small c) Englishmen believe so uncritically that charity is somehow a neutral, apolitical beast. And second, a complete lack of understanding about the Read More