Third Sector at Large: Where will we find justice? Not in Wigan, evidently

The Hon Mr Justice Warren, Help for Heroes and Justine Greening are on our minds this week

- The plot that thickened in this column on 3 May is now resolved. The Hon Mr Justice Warren's assertion that two of the three judges in the public benefit case in the Upper Tribunal went to fee-charging schools did not, you'll recall, seem to square with Who's Who. That's because we were given details of the wrong Nicholas Warren by - well, we'll spare their blushes. The right one went to Bryanston in Dorset - current boarding fees £9,520 a term - which does indeed bring the tally to two. The wrong Warren went to a non-charging Christian Brothers school in Wigan, and the right one is reliably reported as saying: "I've never been to Wigan in my life." Lucky or not? Discuss.

- If mishaps come in threes, the second was our picture in the same edition purporting to be the selfsame Mr Justice Warren. It was actually Mr Justice Lea, a circuit judge in the Midlands. The picture agency had its captions mixed up. So now we're bracing ourselves for the third howler.

- But this item, also tribunal-related, is completely kosher. On the opening day of the case - intended to settle the private schools and public benefit row once and for all - our alert reporter saw a senior figure from the Independent Schools Council resting his eyes. For a prolonged period, in fact. We recommend those Homer Simpson jury service glasses with wide-awake eyes painted on the lenses.

- Help for Heroes is selling men's boxer shorts in various fetching camouflage patterns with its name on the waistband. A "significant percentage" of sales goes to the charity, says the press release, and "by buying the underwear, you are supporting a fantastic cause". Could you rephrase that, please?

- Justine Greening, the economic secretary to the Treasury, did rephrase it after getting a bit excited about the Budget's reduction in inheritance tax for those leaving legacies to charity. She told the Charity Tax Group last week that one of her constituents was "dying for a chance" not to leave her inheritance to her children - then pulled up short, blushed and chose a less morbid phrase. She also mentioned the big society, a term rarely used by ministers these days. Clearly a loose cannon.

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