July 15th, 2014

Gordon Brown’s Third Sector Placemen


Tory MP Charlie Elphicke has a Westminster Hall debate at 11am this morning on the political independence of charities. A few years back Fraser Nelson warned how Britain’s charities had been “stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen” by Gordon Brown before he left office. The full list of Brown government advisers who have subverted the third sector is food for thought ahead of today’s debate:

Konrad Caulkett (No. 10) – Appeals Director, Theirworld

Matt Cavanagh (No. 10) – Did stint at IPPR after leaving No.10

Brendan Cox (No. 10) – Director of Advocacy and Policy, Save the Children

Dan Corry (No. 10) – Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital

Patrick Diamond (No. 10) – Vice-Chairman, Policy Network

Justin Forsyth (No. 10) – Chief Executive, Save the Children UK

Gavin Kelly (No. 10) – Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation

Baroness Nye (No. 10) – Burma Campaign UK / Young Women’s Trust

Nick Pearce (No. 10) – Director, IPPR

Lisa Perrin (No. 10) – Events Manager, IPPR

Lord Stevenson (No. 10) – Hypospadias / Foundation for Credit / CSS / BAT

Anthony Vigor (No. 10) – Former Fellow, IPPR

Robert Philpot (Cabinet Office) – Director, Progress

Francine Bates (Children and Schools) – Chief Executive, the Lullaby Trust

Ann Rossiter (DCLG) – Executive Director, SCONUL

Lenny Shallcross (DCMS) – Campaigning Manager, Alzheimer’s Society

Alaina Macdonald (Defence) – Head of PR , National Childbirth Trust

Polly Billington (DECC) – Head of Communications, Citizen’s Advice

Clare Montagu (Home Department) – Executive Director, Trinity Hospice

Richard Darlington (International Development) – Head of News, IPPR

Dan Lodge (Wales) – Welsh Convenor, Fabian Society

The takeover is complete…


  1. 1
    Sizzla says:

    Gordon Brown’s henchmen are charity cases.

  2. 2
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  3. 3
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Owen Patterson is now in prime position to be the stalking horse, in the Autumn, when the 1922 committee come for Cameron’s head, unless the Tories have a 15 point lead over Labour :-)

  4. 4
    Jingleballix says:

    All Common Purpose graduates too I’ll wager

  5. 5
    ancientpopeye says:

    Have always suspected this, now straight from the horses mouth (sorry).

  6. 6
    Owen Patters son. says:

    Maybe not…i may be in a different Party by then.

  7. 7
    Winston says:

    Old news. Blair began this, 17 years ago. He, also, diverted taxpayers money to charities, so that most rely on Govt grants for most of their funding. Effectively, nationalising the charity sector and offering employment and directorships to senior socialists. What has your mate Cameron done about it? SFA. Join UKIP and change the Country.

  8. 8
    Anon says:

    And how many of those ‘charities’ receive taxpayers money ?
    None of them should be getting a penny.

  9. 9
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    As for this nonsense from Jeremy Hunt about charging foreign patients using the NHS 150% of the bill.

    FFS they don’t pay the bill now, so why are they going to pay a bill that is 1.5 times bigger.

    The only way to deal with this problem is to present them with the bill before receiving any treatment.

    No pay bill, no getty treatment, comprende. Now fuckofski!

  10. 10
    Wah wah pedal says:

    This statement cannot be modified, added to or altered in any way – it is right.

  11. 11
    inside out says:

    To simple a solution for our bed wetting masters.

  12. 12
    Finger of Fun says:

    labour are corrupt – what’s new!!!

  13. 13
    England is becumin a ferd world cess-pit innit says:

    Me working fucking hypothesis is simply that the fucking leftist infestation of all elements of the British state is why the country is becummin a ferd world cess-pit

    In no other Huntreeee could some fucking third world immigrant come here and then begin shouting the odds about why England has to change, and why it’s all so shit here for third world immigrants,,,and be listened to.

    These Labour parteh’s champagne socialist rats, be they BBC/Charities/Public sector malingerers etc etc, want to destroy England.

  14. 14
    The Growler says:

    What Chas. and Dave should look into is, who or what can be called a charity, anything that smacks of politics is not a charity in my book, education is another case in point, many started as charitable foundations but became exclusive organisations, there are many others registered as charities merely for the tax breaks offered, those should be put in separate legal entities. At a guess politicos are quite happy with the sitituation as it is, with such a a lot of “charities” and growing all the time, the Charity Commission has its work cut out and can not give proper oversight to all the “charities”

  15. 15
    nell says:

    well let’s face it gordonbrown knows all about charities- he and sarah have set up their own and it works absolutely fantastically for them as a tax dodging exercise.

  16. 16

    It is not only ‘charities’ ,what about the civil service , judges , police , and NHS
    The same has been replicated in local authorities across the country , so called conservative councils carrying on as if they are still labour ran .

  17. 17
    nell says:

    I think I’m right in saying whilst in office labour stuffed the charity commission with it’s placement as well so essentially gagging the whole system.

  18. 18

    Unbelievably Common Purpose is a registered ‘education charity’ !!!!!

  19. 19
    well there's a surprise says:

    Just one of the reasons friends and family have stopped
    donating to the big charities.
    Plus chief execs and senior staff are paid ridiculous

  20. 20
    don't forget says:

    Trouble is the Charity Commission overseeing
    charities is also stuffed with Labour placemen.
    I only support small local charities nowadays.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    You may have missed Campbell Robb as CEO at Shelter?

  22. 22
    Brown the colour of dung. says:

    The Turd Sector.

  23. 23
    The Growler says:

    For years the NHS has not chased bills and it was known that Yanks used to come here on health tourism in that same way folks go to eastern European hospitals or the far east for Bobbit jobs. The NHS presnted them with bills but the bogged off to where they came from and were never persued for payment, due to expense.
    Maybe if foreigners outside the EU had to produce health cover insurance, that may relieve the problem , it’s must if you go to the States, health bills there are astronomical.

  24. 24
    non taxable pikey says:

    If everybody did it they would wither on the vine and rightly so. Local charities only is the way ahead.

  25. 25
    red ed peoples representative of the republic of doncaster says:

    isn’t that what fabianism is all about,socialism by stealth.never mind whether it’s wanted or not

  26. 26
    Fishy says:

    You’ve missed:

    Richard Lloyd, (No 10) Executive Director, Which?

    Sonia Sodha, (Miliband Adviser), Head of Public Services Policy, Which?

    Worryingly the increasingly activist Which? has taken a left turn. Miliband has said that he will bring Which? (and his people their) into his Government machine as part of an independent competitions authority.

    Someone needs to take a close look at Which?’s activities.

  27. 27
    Fishy says:

    There not their

  28. 28
    Mr Lost Files says:

    With all these girlies on the Front Bench now and with Harpie and Mrs Balls on the otherside, PMQ’s its going to be better than bangbabes.

  29. 29

    Who will watch the watchers!

  30. 30
    Stalin's Ghost. says:

    Blair and Brown learnt this from my record of putting my people in important position prior to my takeover of Russia. Trotsky had no answer to it.
    One missing on this list is the Strategic Director of Save the Children an ex Blairite I believe.

  31. 31

    Just goes to show – its not what you know, its who you know that sells off all the gold…

  32. 32
    Mirror, Guardian and Independent - Werkers Unite. says:

    Good idea but we will be screaming from the rooftops if anyone from the EU is denied health treatment due to not having health insurance.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    “Britain’s charities had been “stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen”
    Surely that’s only equitable. Since party politicians, for all their bluster, are for the most part charity cases.

  34. 34
    Loony Left wing politico agitators of no noticeable skills says:

    Where else will we go when kicked out of office?
    The Guardian and Independent are full, and the BBC take as many of us as they can.
    After all the Third Sector is our gateway to helping the Third World, and to ensuring that our country becomes one of them.

  35. 35
    Met Police and key services - but not the military YET says:

    Don’t worry we have Labour placemen in droves in our ranks, which is why we are so efficient when Labour are in power.

  36. 36
    Peter Grimes says:

    What about the odious liar Jonathan Portes at ‘charity’ NIESR, Guido?

    He produced much of Bliar’s lies about immigration.

  37. 37
    World Traveller says:

    That’s the system in many countries for foreigners – no pay up front (at least a sizeable deposit) no treatment. usual deposit is equivalent to 500 quid. When deposit runs out, more cash please now – or treatment stops in tracks and foreigner can effoff elsewhere. We should have been doing this already for years.

  38. 38
    World Traveller says:

    With all fucking due respect, that is the patients’ problem. Pay up front or fukov back home for your treatment.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Dont forget Richard Lloyd at Which?

  40. 40
    Guide Dog Scam says:

    In 1980 I put ten new pence into a so called charity tin..for a guide dog..has such dog been dispatched to my home…has it fuck…Not a day goes by without an altercation with my local postie who I reckon has nicked it..its obviouse to the trained eye as he is as blind as a fucking bat…keeps posting the wrong mail through my door…Be warned its all a fucking SCAM…

  41. 41
    spanows says:

    I hope Guido will add/update with those being listed in the comments: at least 3 or 4 more to add…it is all these – with the BBC – that form part of the main opposition; the other main part is the stay-behind army of civil servants and committee whores and a very tiny bit Miliband and crew.

  42. 42
    dai charitably says:

    true but is GF saying that there are no other factions represented in the charities racket?

  43. 43
  44. 44
    Fabian Hunter says:

    They have been ‘hiding in plain sight’ all along.

  45. 45
    Labour's stay behind army says:

    Making way for Gavin Kelly at the Resolution Foundation was Sue Regan.

    Sue Regan

    Trustee and Former Chief Executive

    Sue Regan was Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation from December 2005 to january 2010. Before joining the Foundation, she was Special Adviser to Rt Hon David Blunkett MP at the Department for Work and Pensions

  46. 46
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    Fucking spot on.

    It’s the National Health Service, not the International fucking Health Service.

    It should not be a free fucking lunch for AIDS-ridden nïggers and tubercular Päkis.

  47. 47
    Jack Ketch says:

    Funny you should say that, I haven’t seen a guide dog for years. All those sad-looking Labradors with unfashionable harnesses at railway stations or down the High Street. As it costs £50,000 to train and support a guide dog over its working life I suspect it is cheaper to get in a Philipina or a Guatemalan who will also shag, do dishes and not crap on the bus quite so often. Meanwhile where the EFF did all that tinfoil and silver paper that we collected in the 1950s go?

  48. 48
    Jack Ketch says:

    When women break though the glass ceiling, are they aware that all the men are then able to look up their skirts?

  49. 49
    JIMMY says:

    GUIDO You have missed CAFOD??????????????.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    And Mike Dixon, Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice – he employed Polly Billington…

  51. 51
    That's a nice advert says:

    he was No 10

  52. 52

    I thought Candid Cameron had got rid of all tbese parastatal parassitic quangos suckling on the sovereign teat .

    Another reason he should himself go !!

  53. 53
    carroccio1958 says:


  54. 54
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists says:

    Labour is one big charity of slave drivers. They never ever play fair.

  55. 55
    Brown Slave Driver says:

    The Brown slave driver will be usurped by SNP unless Kirkcaldy etc are full of Labour voting thickos. Brown is not representing his constituents adequately. It is time he resigned and let some other MP represent his constituents. But no doubt Brown will continue to use them for his own selfish ends and that is unfair. Grossly unfair.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    There is no chance of a 15 point lead over Labour.

    Cameron may be gone sooner than the media thinks.

    If he has to go best make it now.

    !0 months to the Election.

    Don’t forget it was Cameron’s Government that insisted on a fixed term Parliament.

    Oh Dear- how sad- nevermind.

    p.s. Charities are meant to be an addition to public spending not a replacement.

    Perhaps the Political Class should be reminded of that?

  57. 57
    ReefKnot says:

    We have taxpayer funded so-called charities like Stonewall who lobby and campaign to promote homosexuality, Brake who lobby and campaign to reduce speed limits to 20 mph, Alcohol Concern who lobby and campaign to stop you drinking, ASH who lobby and campaign to stop you smoking and 26000 other taxpayer funded so-called charities who don’t do any real charitable work at all. Many of these have CEOs on salaries of £60k and more. Meanwhile, real charities doing real charitable work such as the Lifeboat Institute and Air Ambulance don’t get a penny.

    The whole thing needs complete reform.

    Charities should not receive any taxpayer funding directly or indirectly.
    Charities should rely on volunteer staff only, including their Directors.
    Charities should not engage in lobbying or campaigning.

  58. 58
    principalitydweller says:

    I believe RNLI have a long standing policy of not accepting donations from government. Its possibly part of their constitution. I never begrudge putting a few coppers in a lifeboat collection.

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