Here’s an interesting blog from George Gosling on the history of charity campaigning, in the light of Brooks Newmark’s resignation from his Minister for Civil Society post. During his time in post, Mr Newmark criticised charities for getting involved in politics and campaigning, suggesting they should ‘stick to their knitting’.
What is the job of the Civil Society Minister? Rob Wilson MP (above right) will be pondering this question as he succeeds the short-lived tenure of Brooks Newmark (above centre). His departure was part of an uncomfortable double-billing of headlines for David Cameron on the weekend ahead of the final Conservative Party conference before the next general election. The other was that of a second parliamentary Tory defection to UKIP, meaning a second byelection could see the libertarian/anti-immigration/anti-EU party with at least two seats in the House of Commons before the next general election. The attention will all be on the Prime Minister’s struggle to maintain an alliance with the unhappy right-wing of his party. In many ways, the lack of significance around this other loss for the Prime Minister tells us the other half of a worrying story for Downing Street.
The newspaper stories about the resignation of Brooks Newmark…
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