That'll be several farthings in the swearbox, Mr Hurd

The lighter side of the week

Wartime wonga: income from parachuting agents was steady in the 1940s
Wartime wonga: income from parachuting agents was steady in the 1940s
- At Large is dismayed to report a discernible lowering of the tone of debate in the sector. The C-word is gaining ground. It arguably began with charity legal eagle Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who some time ago started going on about the proliferation of "crap" legislation. The charities minister, Nick Hurd, last month said that theories of political conspiracy against the sector were "crap", and last week he employed the word again to describe some local authority services that have been cut. This earned him the elegant sobriquet "gaffe-prone Tory toff" from the trade union Unite. We ask you – where is all this crap going to end?

- Footnote to the National Audit Office report on the Charity Commission: it doesn’t refer to the case of African Aids Action, which led to the departure of case worker David Orbison after he failed to persuade management to take firmer regulatory action of the kind the report recommends. The decision on the commission’s appeal against his employment tribunal success in July 2012 has still not been published – although we might be given a date before Christmas.

- Interesting to note how the RAF Benevolent Fund, recently embroiled in controversial staffing cuts, kept its income ticking over during the Second World War. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last week interviewed a female former member of the Special Operations Executive, who revealed that everyone en route to France was searched before departure to make sure they had nothing on them that would show they were English – and all loose farthings, shillings, florins, half crowns and threepenny bits had to be donated to the fund. No ifs or buts, apparently. Otherwise, presumably, the pilot would refuse to fly them over for the parachute drop...

- In their research on senior charity pay, Professors John Mohan and Steve McKay discovered a charity with an income of only £1.4m that paid its top person £170,000 a year. So what’s its name, then? Sorry, our lips are sealed, say the eggheads – "because it is a sample, we do not name individual organisations". So At Large is offering the usual grubby fiver to anyone who spills the beans – or to the charity itself if it comes out of the closet and explains itself.

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