Bought and Sold for GIRFEC Gold; How Government Buys Third Sector Allegiance


Excellent post from Mises Scotland (with H/T to Schoolhouse's original article) on the taxpayer funded bribes to charities and quangos in return for being GIRFEC cheerleaders, along the lines of "cash for no questions". Fortunately some of us still can't be bought and refuse to be sold into state serfdom. (Also relevant to the NSPCC tactics in smearing home educators, then offering selected soft touch 'community leaders' a seat at the top table to buy them off with jelly and ice cream, a paper hat and party bag to take home).

Bought and Sold for GIRFEC Gold; How Government Buys Third Sector Allegiance

“The National” rushed to defend the government position on the taxi-driver-spy issue. In terms of factual information they could only confirm that the story was in fact accurate in all important regards. Their reply instead focussed on narrow party politics and asks the question who supports the scheme. Now this is of course a logical fallacy (appeal to authority) but what is interesting is the authorities used to bolster the roll-out of totalitarianism.

Parenting Across Scotland, Action for Children, Aberlour, Barnardo’s Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children 1st, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), One Parent Families Scotland, Scottish Childminding Association, Quarriers, Royal College of Nursing and the NSPCC have all thrown their weight behind the plan.
One state trade union and eleven charities.
So we see 11 from 11 receive substantial government grants; they support the government policy. To do otherwise would likely reduce their most significant and reliable revenue stream. It would also exclude them from “influence” on those in power.

Bought and sold, not for English gold, but for Scottish Government base metal coinage, these charities have not betrayed a nation so much as each and every single family within it. Oh that we had today a national poet of the stature Robert Burns to put the corruption in to song and verse for future generations to marvel at the weakness of man.

For, as even Scots-American socialist Upton Sinclair recognised

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!“