source: The Guardian
published: 17 June 2014
There’s something profoundly dispiriting about the way Conservative politicians and commentators profess themselves “outraged” by supposedly “political” charities.
And so it was last week, with Conor Burns MP harrumphing over an Oxfam campaign poster that had the temerity to list the salient causes of poverty in the UK, from rising living costs to welfare cuts.
Burns – clearly a sensitive soul – said he was “shocked” by what he called an “overtly” political image contained in a tweet put out out by the charity, and reported it to the Charity Commission on the grounds that Oxfam had breached the rules on political campaigning.
Charity Commission guidance is clear that while charities must not be politically partisan, or support political parties, they can oppose and campaign against policies in pursuit of their charitable mission.