08 April 2009

Go Back to Your Constituencies and Prepare for Opposition

Call me a cynic, but I can't help feeling that the government's plan to spend £750,000 to help charities lobby more effectively[1] is the act of a government resigned to losing the next election and looking for a way to make its successor's life more difficult.

As John Redwood pointed out, if the government wanted to know what these charities think, it could just ask them; it doesn't need to spend a quarter of a million pounds to enable charities to be more effective at campaigning from a distance.

As a scorched earth strategy it makes a lot more sense; the government can seek out the charities which are most at odds with the opposition's policies and train them up to provide vigorous criticism. Given that the government's reputation is in tatters, the charities are probably in a stronger position to offer credible opposition to the next government.

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7989656.stm

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