Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Gosh, Say It Ain't So!

The RSPB has been accused by police and Whitehall of failing to report bird crime so it can maximise publicity.
The charity was said to have kept quiet about the poisoning of a rare marsh harrier for six months, then announced it to the media rather than calling in the police.
The RSPB’s desire to play a prominent role in the investigation of bird crime rather than leave it to police was potentially jeopardising prosecutions, officers claimed.
See?

No matter what it's once-noble ideals, sooner or later, every big charity becomes a bloated monolith dedicated to one thing, and one thing only; its own future.

H/T: ShotFox via Twitter

8 comments:

Smoking Scot said...

I am encouraged that this type of message is becoming much more commonplace.

And that Meg & Harry have chosen 7 very small one's.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/09/harry-meghan-ask-charity-donations-rather-wedding-gifts-name/

Ted Treen said...

They're pretty well all the same: several times over the last few years I have commented quoting the 'law' proposed by the late Jerry Pournelle:-

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy
In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.


Either astute analysis or remarkably prescient - either way, you can't argue with it.

DCBain said...

Ted was polite enough not to point at the NHS!

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist said...

RSPB = Royal Society for the Protection of Bureaucrats.

jack ketch said...

If the RSPB carrion this wader they'll find themselves up before the beak.

Yeah ok, I'll get my coot.

Andrew Scarborough said...

Ted, I thought of your quote as I came to the comments.

Ted Treen said...

@DCBain - I have on sundry occasions, pointed out that the NHS is the perfect example of the Iron Law's reality.

JuliaM said...

"I am encouraged that this type of message is becoming much more commonplace. "

Seems a bit VirtueSignally to me, but it's their shauri...

"Either astute analysis or remarkably prescient - either way, you can't argue with it."

Indeed you cannot.

"If the RSPB carrion this wader they'll find themselves up before the beak.

Yeah ok, I'll get my coot."


/applause