No need to sneer at former mayor's cash-for-honour idea
IT seems regrettable that scorn has been poured on an idea to help raise funds for charity (H&H Comment, May 22). At a time when many may be considering drawing in their purse-strings, new ways to persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash for t
IT seems regrettable that scorn has been poured on an idea to help raise funds for charity (H&H Comment, May 22).
At a time when many may be considering drawing in their purse-strings, new ways to persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash for the benefit of others might be thought worthy of serious consideration - if not openly welcomed.
Labour councillor Sheila Peacock has suggested that carefully vetted, worthy individuals could be offered the Freedom of Haringey, but that they should also be asked to make a donation of £100 to a worthwhile and nationally recognised charity. This idea, however, has been met with immediate hostility. Why? And why use this as an excuse to talk down Haringey?
As I understand it, the Conservative-run City of London borough has had a similar arrangement for some time now, but with the donation set at a mere £30. Our Labour councillors, though, have such pride in Haringey that they consider the Freedom of Haringey to be worth very much more.
Despite the petty sneering of senior Tories and the ongoing, negative and depressing campaigning of the Lib Dems, Haringey continues to be given a good overall rating by the independent Audit Commission. It might be nice if this was highlighted once in a while.
And wouldn't it be better to support efforts to raise money for charity, rather than knocking them down?
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