You might have wondered what happened with the complaint about the RSPB from Sir Ian Botham and others to the Charity Commission. Or maybe you thought it was so daft that you weren’t wondering at all.
Well, I was wondering why we hadn’t heard anything about it and now I know why. Although Beefy’s complaint (a good name for a mental condition where the ill person thinks they know what they are talking about when it is perfectly clear that they do not) was rejected by the Charity Commission ages ago, back in mid-November, there has been another complaint about the RSPB to the Charity Commission.
But Beefy’s complaint was pretty roundly rejected. I might ask for the umpire’s decision to be reviewed by Hawkeye as there is a misplaced apostrophe in the Charity Commission response, but I don’t think that would get us very far. If you can see grounds for hating the RSPB in regard to what the Charity Commission says then you are extremely uncharitable yourself.
So, that was all cleared up a couple of months ago, and then another complaint arrived from, surprise, surprise, the Countryside Alliance. What is the CA doing making complaints about charities? Has it got any form on this subject? Ah yes, the RSPCA. I wonder whether they think the RSPCA and the RSPB are one and the same?
The CA, under Adrian Blackmore’s name, makes a series of allegations that are either not within the remit of the Charity Commission, or not substantiated, or both. Have a look for yourself here.
You will notice that the Charity Commission don’t have any problem with the RSPB saying ‘over the years, a steady stream of grouse moor gamekeepers have been prosecuted for raptor persecution crimes‘ and indeed the Countryside Alliance is helpful enough to elucidate that further by confirming in their complaint that ‘Over that 13 year period, 20 gamekeepers employed on grouse moors (an average of 1.5 per year) are shown as having been prosecuted‘. It’s good that we are all clear about that in case anyone thought that nurses or estate agents were heading into the hills to kill birds of prey.
The Charity Commission response finishes:
Why is the CA wasting its members’ (note, esp the Charity Commission, the placement of the apostrophe) money on making such a frivolous, ill-considered, and woefully unsuccessful complaint? If I were a CA member then I’d be asking for some of my money back.
What is the Countryside Alliance for? It seems to be the opposite of ‘a rebel without a cause’, it’s ‘the establishment with a lost cause’.
But I am very grateful to the Countryside Alliance because I didn’t have time to read a book to review for today, as I have been busy writing for a deadline, and so it’s lovely that the failure of the CA complaint came at such an opportune time.