You might remember a little while back I registered my disgust at the way Britain’s oldest poppy seller, Olive Cooke, was driven to her death after being hounded by cold callers and chuggers. I was pretty angry about that, but not half as angry as I was on Saturday morning listening to some drivel from a sacrificial government minster on the BBC.
He was pointing out that the current situation left a lot to be desired (understatement) but that there was no direct link between the practices of the chuggers and Olive’s death.
That’s when I started shouting at the TV screen – because Olive’s death absolutely definitely unequivocally WAS directly caused by these relentless and unscrupulous bastards hounding her to her grave.
A bit later on – after my blood pressure had dropped again and my piss had stopped boiling – I was nearly as equally angered by the shite in the Daily Mail. Cameron says he’s going to get tough with these unscrupulous people. Well, yeah right! Where have we heard that before? But that’s not the piss boiler. The piss boiler is that the Daily Fail is claiming this is a direct result of their exposure of these awful people and their relentless media campaign to do something about it.
Well, here’s my message to the Editor of the Mail : It’s bollocks, isn’t it? You know it’s bollocks, and I know it’s bollocks so, ergo, it’s bollocks!
And what is Cameron pledging? “Under tough measures to be introduced in Parliament next week, charities will be forced to have legally binding agreements with their fundraisers committing them to showing how they will protect the vulnerable. Charities with a turnover of more than £1million will also be obliged to document how they are monitoring their fundraisers to ensure they are not exploiting potential donors.”
So as long as you split your fundraising into less than £1million a time, you can do what the fuck you like and carry on hounding people with no comeback at all? Sounds about right.
And we also need to remember that if these people are as ruthless and unscrupulous as is claimed then signing a bit of paper and introducing a new law isn’t going to stop them.
Ignoring the law? Shurely not! After all when did you last see somebody driving down the road using a mobile phone? Or drug smugglers saying “Oooh! Best not do that. It’s illegal!”
Get a fucking grip, Dave!