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27 September 2012

27 September 2012

A typical tale of nitwittery from modern Britain. And this, of course, is one of the problems with localism: it means giving more power to local councillors. That’s still, on balance, a risk worth taking even though so many of them seem so utterly devoid of common sense.

Quackers council chiefs have banned a bow tie-wearing duck from collecting cash for charity – unless it gets a permit.

The bird – called Star – wears a dickie bow and waddles alongside his owner Barrie Hayman raising money for sick youngsters.

Star and Barrie regularly visit businesses collecting cash from the public – already raising £6,500 for a children’s hospice.But Mr Hayman has now been told by several councils that his sidekick could be deemed ‘irritating’ and needs a permit.

Mr Hayman […] now has to apply 28 days in advance for a single day’s permit – meaning he would only be allowed to collect on one day each month.

He said: ‘If I was putting into my own pocket, I could understand it, but everything goes to the sick children.

‘If a permit covered me for a year and I was able to visit a different town each day, that would be fine, but on this basis I don’t think I can carry on.’

Mr Hayman and Star collect on average £200 a day by going into businesses around North and Mid Devon.

[…] A North Devon District Council spokesman said: ‘All he’s got to do is apply for a street collection permit, which is a fairly simple process.

‘Our policy is to allow one charity collection per day per parish, so that the streets aren’t full of people collecting for charity, which is irritating to the public.

‘We need to give all charities equal opportunities to collect.’

Alana Marie Smith, director of fundraising for the hospice, said Star’s work had been ‘wonderful’.

She said: ‘Barrie and Star are tremendous in their fundraising efforts and in their wonderful support of the sick children.’

How does it go? Ah yes:

That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.


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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good thought.

  • Beefeater

    Our policy is to allow one charity collection per day per parish, so that the streets aren’t full of people collecting for charity, which is irritating to the public.

    Local government is a charity collection agency irritating to the public in all streets all the time. It wants all charity-giving to be by (its own) legal extortion, not freely given to private causes. Tell us again why localism is “on balance”, a risk worth taking?

  • Beefeater

    Our policy is to allow one charity collection per day per parish, so that the streets aren’t full of people collecting for charity, which is irritating to the public.

    Local government is a charity collection agency irritating to the public in all streets all the time. It wants all charity-giving to be by (its own) legal extortion, not freely given to private causes. Tell us again why localism is “on balance”, a risk worth taking?

  • In2minds

    “one of the problems with localism” – is that it’s a dead duck. Killed by Eric Pickles who said that when a person is denied by their council the right to build a monster extension they should sue them.

  • Hugh

    Daily Mail 1 July 2012: “Victory for people on the Streets as Charities turn their backs on aggressive street “chuggers”

    “Street fundraisers known as ‘chuggers’ or charity muggers have become a regular fixture in Britain over the past decade, with recent studies indicating that their tactics are driving shoppers away from town centres. However, it seems that members of the public may soon be able to visit their local high streets in peace…”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2167125/Victory-people-streets-charities-turn-aggressive-street-chuggers.html#ixzz27fkler00

    Daily Mail 14 September 2012: “That’s
    Quacker’s Council chiefs ban bow-tie wearing duck from collecting cash for
    charity unless he gets a permit”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203240/Council-chiefs-ban-bow-tie-wearing-DUCK-collecting-cash-charity–unless-gets-permit.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    If I follow the argument correctly, we should crack down on public fundraisers but there should be an exemption for sartorially impressive fowl . Have I got it right?

  • Daniel Maris

    Sorry, I meant Alex…

  • Daniel Maris

    Rules are rules for everyone – you can;t excuse the duck and then ban a rabbit.

    Basics of governance, Alan – so you get marked down for not understanding that.

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