In response to Andrew Tettenborn: The far-Left pressure group that we pay to chastise us Charles Dawne wrote:
This is a good example of how the government lobbies itself. It does the same with charities too. When this happens democracy is subverted and corrupts the name of charity. A lot of pressure groups masquerade as charities or independent ‘think tanks’ when in fact they receive state money.
For 15 years the government has increased funding for charities. Charities now rely on the government for 75 per cent of their income, meaning they receive more money from the state than they receive from voluntary donations. This leads the charities to become reliant on the state and less likely to criticise government policy – a wonderful way to fool the public into believing charities are giving independent support to new government initiatives.