Last year the Baring Foundation, after careful consideration, chose the most worthy recipients for their largesse. They decided to spend a whopping £130,757 on an outfit called Civil Exchange to pay for a "Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector." (I suppose at least it meant they are not pouring even more money into Law Centres to go round suing people as a form of agitprop.)
What did they come up with this lavish budget? They have produced a report which repeats the cliche "speak truth to power" five times. It concludes that charities should get more state funding and they should spend more money lobbying and campaigning.
This lobbying is not likely to be for less regulation or state spending. The state funds charities that then lobby for a bigger state. They become sock puppets. That cosy arrangement is the real threat to independence and to genuine charitable interests. It is a scandal that we have charities doing little or nothing to provide practical benefit but instead sending most or all of their money on campaigning.
But the Panel say charities devoting more money to politics would be welcome: