Little at Large: Failing on the Compact? Give 'em an 'Eddie'

Cabinet pin-up and former third sector minister Ed Miliband has hit on a new way of getting councils to adhere to the Compact.

Mathew Little
Mathew Little

Why not give them an award? At a Labour conference fringe event last week, Miliband suggested gongs for the best and worst performers. So can we look forward to red-faced council miscreants collecting their 'Eds' - or possibly their 'Eddies'?

- We've resisted this one so far, but the pressure from readers has become unbearable. They have noticed the resemblance between Gordon Lishman of Age Concern and Ricky Gervais playing Andy Millman playing Ray ("Are you 'aving a laff?") Stokes? And is Help the Aged's Michael Lake actually the twin of actor Robert Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo in the 60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E?

- It has been threatened with football violence by someone calling himself "Dave from Chelsea media" and branded "contemptible" by Terry Wogan, but Intelligent Giving, the website that promises to "tell it as it is" about the charity sector, is said to be temporarily toning down its attacks on the inefficiencies and misdeeds of charities - because it wants to become one.

The site is keen to avoid controversy while its application for charitable status is pending. This might not go down well with Peter Heywood, its chief funder, who would rather hold charities to account. Not that the site has suddenly gone all David Frost. This week, it questioned the victory of Scottish charity Borderline in the best annual report category of Third Sector's Excellence Awards. Apparently, Borderline scored only 66 per cent in Intelligent Giving's transparency assessment.

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