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ARE PLANET EARTH'S POLICIES WORKING? - If they were, we'd not have plastic poisoning the marine environment, or global warming. The problem is world leaders rely too much on fossil fuels and do not want to rock the boat until there is a solid backup plan, but the backup plan involves change. And that frightens them to stay put even though the water is already bubbling.
We cotton to that. Nobody likes change. But instead of overheating the planet and killing life undersea with toxic plastic, surely it would make sense to brave the new world and accelerate the adoption of renewables and a society that cleans up after itself. We need new sustainable infrastructures to save PLANET A and a gradual changeover plan that sits well with stakeholders. Not to have the infrastructures ready is suicide politics - the way of the Dodo.
Politics in England is a mysterious thing. One group of people doing the same as another will be classed as a charity, while the other will not. Why? Where is the consistency?
According to the Charity Commissioners in England, ocean research and conservation of the marine environment are not charitable enterprises. That is the shock decision revealed in a series of correspondence that ended in refusal to register the Cleaner Ocean Foundation as a charity.
But these objects are also ruled as being non-charitable !!! It is all very confusing.
UNFIT FOR PURPOSE ?
You may be thinking the same as us, that if these objects are not charitable; then what are ?
The strange thing is that other organizations doing the same thing are deemed charitable and are registered as charities.
We wonder then if it is not so much what the Foundation is doing as the State deciding to appoint selected bodies run by preferred persons (chums via the old pals act) as charities, despite the obvious conflict with the Article 14 prohibition of discrimination as per the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
We wonder if this should be a matter for the Parliamentary Ombudsman to consider where maladministration may be involved - such that a shuffle to prevent cozy relationships forming, or other safeguards should be introduced. Or maybe even a review of Charities with the same objects and the associated applications to the Commission.
Without doubt, the Charity Commission is responsible for hindering progress in wasting the efforts of the Foundation's staff with investigation as to how such as situation can have come about in a so-called enlightened society.
This is one of the reasons why the Foundation is suggesting that Politics and Political Agendas need to fall in line with the fight against climate change. Every administration big and small needs to be accountable for what they do - and for what they don't do.
In this case the Charity Commissioners are preventing research on climate change, making it that such efforts may not qualify for the usual relief's - but now also forcing the Foundation to consider patenting the seawater filtration system in the hope of attracting commercial waste operations and lobbying for a payment scheme from territorial waters and rivers, to be able to frame a Business Plan. None of which would have been needed if what was a social enterprise, was recognised for what it is.
So well done Charity Commission UK. You managed to put a spanner in the works for whoever it was put you up to it. Unless you believe that this is your function?
If we had done such a thing we'd be embarrassed by the decision and perhaps feeling a tad guilty.
That is how we see the situation, and our views are protected by Articles 9 & 10 of the ECHR. The right of freedom of thought and the right to receive and impart information.
You can of course seek to justify your decision if you would care to comment, your correspondence will be published in the interests of balanced reporting. It might be that using various mechanisms at your disposal that you can pick and choose who is and who is not registered. But is that 100% lawful, and if it is, is it morally right ?
Shame on you Commissioners, for what looks to us from reading of the correspondence to be wasteful use of resources, so generating a larger than necessary carbon footprint.
We would like to see any and all communications from the Charity Commission to other UK agencies. Nothing less will do.
We look forward to hearing from the Commission on this subject.
Those who operate in public life and serve in institutions and that occupy a position of trust, must stand to be scrutinized as to their strict codes of conduct in the interests of preserving public confidence in those institutions.
It is the duty of every member of the public to question the decisions and motives of those in public office, just as it is the duty of the Commissioners to seek to further charitable causes that benefit mankind.
The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. Their stated aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities' effectiveness and public confidence and trust.
It also works the other way. The Commission was deemed unfit for purpose in 2014, for failing to properly investigate questionable operations. See below. For sure there appears to be double standards.
NEWS FEBRUARY 2014 - Charity Commission not fit for purpose, warn MPs
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Please note that many of the documents listed on the Commission's websites are not in an accessible format. It may be that this is a deliberate effort to frustrate the public and/or other interested parties in seeking to understand the rules and then apply those rules to investigations or applications. Howsoever, the Commission must provide information in a format that is easy to access. If you find that not to be the case, why not complain to your Member of Parliament.
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