In spoofs we Trust, Nandy's a bit handy and pigs might fly

A still from the spoof National Trust video
A still from the spoof National Trust video

- "Can't believe these guys are a charity," is the comment by Frank Close on a video he's put up on YouTube purporting to be a leak of a proposed National Trust advert. It features manic, speeded-up, Python-esque clips of (among other things) surfers, divers, stately homes, cups of tea, beautiful tits (winged variety) and (blink and you miss it) what appears to be a priapic cat. Nothing to do with us, says the trust, but a typical comment from 25,000 people who have viewed it is "if this is a spoof, then the National Trust really needs to buy and use it". Frank Close, if his picture is to be believed, is a hare smoking a joint.

- Curious to know how charities minister Nick Hurd is getting on with Lisa Nandy, his Labour oppo appointed last October? They shared a platform for the first time at the launch of a Charities Aid Foundation report on giving last week, when CAF chief executive John Low raised expectations by saying he was sitting between them "because it was too dangerous to put them together". But that was as exciting as it got: the Old Etonian and the Wigan grass-rooter barely looked at each other, let alone disagreed about anything. But nil desperandum: Nandy reveals in My Week on page 11 that she's been picking up a few tips at the Wigan and Leigh Wrestling Club. The British Wrestling website declares her "fighting fit" and reveals she has "a background in gymnastics" - so she should be plenty pugnacious come election time.

- Fears seem to be lifting among the sector's chattering classes about the future of the Charity Commission. Last summer the government announced a 6 per cent cut to its already truncated budget, the Public Administration Select Committee was saying it could no longer fulfil all its statutory duties and many felt the wicked Tories were planning to hand its functions to HM Revenue & Customs if they won the next election. Now the gloom of the sectorati seems to be lifting a bit, not least because of the view that HMRC would kick over the traces at the prospect of interpreting charity law, which, though meat and drink to m'learned friends, is a nightmare to most ordinary mortals. Some members of the Lords even detect a willingness by ministers to think again and reopen the chequebook (and pigs might fly ...?)

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