Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

There is no room in the charity sector for "second-raters", the unfailingly chipper Charity Commission chair Geraldine Peacock declared in The Independent. Writing in a special supplement on working for charity, Peacock chivvied those thinking of making the switch, saying they needed to have that "little bit more". But they will earn a sense of satisfaction that's "hard to rival".

Face-to-face fundraisers have long been a source of mild irritation to hurried lunchtime shoppers, but traders in Burnham, Somerset, seem positively malevolent in their feelings towards the tabard-wearing gangs. According to the Burnham Times, the town centre manager is threatening to contact the police if they step over the line. One florist said they "roam in packs looking for prey", and added that they were driving shoppers away.

Charities preach equality, but do they always practise it? Barnardo's can answer in the affirmative after a Stonewall survey rated the charity as one of the country's best employers of gay people, reported the This is Local London website.

Labour is almost as bad as the Tories are on climate change, according to Greenpeace. A survey reported by The Guardian found that Labour scored just one point higher than the Conservatives - 38 per cent to 37 per cent - on the issue. The Liberal Democrats outstripped them both with 61 per cent, but they were criticised for their record in local government.

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