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.
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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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