Charity

The Spectator Podcast: how Brexit descended into chaos

5 April 2019 17:38

This week we reached a new level of chaos in British politics. With parliament voting down all indicatives vote options,…

David Lammy is wrong about white saviours and Comic Relief

18 March 2019 16:54

Comic Relief have reported an £8 million plunge in year-on-year donations following the recent row ignited by Labour MP David…

The Spectator Podcast: The Wrong Brexit

19 April 2018 14:38

This week we ask why Theresa May is pulling up the drawbridge to Britain, exactly when she should be advertising…

The Spectator Podcast: Bad charity

15 February 2018 16:19

On this week’s episode, we look at the Oxfam aid scandal and whether charities do more harm than good. We…

The Oxfam scandal will unearth some difficult facts for ministers

12 February 2018 17:05

When the media talk about government outsourcing, they normally concentrate on Capita, G4s or, recently, Carillion. But when it comes…

The Oxfam scandal is the start of the charities’ MeToo moment

12 February 2018 12:46

It would be interesting, wouldn’t it, to sit in on the meeting today between Oxfam executives and Penny Mordaunt, International…

Groping wasn’t the worst thing going on at The Presidents Club

25 January 2018 12:48

Once again public figures are fanning themselves with shocked surprise at something perfectly comprehensible to everyone else: men behave boorishly…

What does the charity sector want from Brexit? A clean break and tax freedom

1 August 2017 15:34

When it comes to Brexit, for many organisations it seems to be all doom and gloom. Yes, plenty of individual…

No, I Don’t Want To Sponsor You

8 June 2017 11:15

The Metropolitan policeman who spent a week crawling the London Marathon wearing a gorilla costume captured my imagination and my…

Battersea Dogs’ Home’s political advocacy is a step too far

2 April 2017 11:00

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is running a poster campaign to increase sentences for cruelty to animals. The current maximum…

Is Michael Gove angling for a cabinet return?

1 March 2017 14:04

I never expected to be writing the following, since Michael Gove is, to me, one of the few heroic figures…

Why you’re not too broke to be charitable this Christmas

21 December 2016 10:52

My mother is a good woman. But on being greeted by a charming golden retriever, a shaking red bucket and…

Is donating to large charities a waste of money?

16 September 2016 13:03

At the height of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the dead and dying lined the streets, locals too scared…

Oxfam reaches a new, sneakier low

2 March 2016 16:50

Here’s a new low for Oxfam, or rather a different, sneakier low. Three times in recent months I’ve been telephoned…

Journalists didn’t kill Kids Company. Camila Batmanghelidjh did

6 August 2015 11:05

To listen to Camila Batmanghelidjh on the Radio 4 this morning, you’d think that her upstanding charity had been mysteriously…

Children shouldn’t be expected to receive sponsorship for child’s play

24 April 2015 16:38

Can there be anyone curmudgeonly enough to take against Save the Children’s Den Day, a heartwarming event? – actually, make…

Does the Islamic Human Rights Commission think The Spectator was born yesterday?

13 March 2015 16:28

It seems that the laughably misnamed ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’ did not like my last piece. Indeed the Khomeinist organisation has…

Justin Forsyth has far more to apologise for than Tony Blair’s Save the Children award

3 March 2015 13:47

You almost have to admire Justin Forsyth’s brass neck. He is a former Gordon Brown spin chief earning a Prime…

It’s hard to judge a charity’s performance by its emotional rhetoric

12 February 2015 15:02

Questions about whether a particular charity fulfils its aims are being asked with increasing frequency these days, and quite right too.…

Podcast: Ruby Wax and Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness, plus Jim Murphy and Movember

30 October 2014 9:59

The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a…