Thursday, 3 November 2011
Oxfam’s UK Artist Liaison Manager
I have been keeping an eye out for Oxfam’s Robin Hood campaign. I do find it strange that this huge UK charity thinks that it is appropriate to spend so much money lobbying for a change in the tax system. Oxfam set up the Robin Hood Tax website and has put 2 or 3 of its staff on the campaign to act as spokespeople for the campaign. I imagine that they are also paying Bill Nighy’s expenses whilst he is in Cannes. A very expensive place.
I have asked them how much they are spending on the RHT campaign but so far they have refused to divulge the information. They merely point out that their overall annual campaigns spend in £15.7 million. Doing some simple maths on their last annual report this translate into 18% of their net unrestricted income.
In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that Oxfam employ a lady called Raakhi Shah who describes herself as Oxfam’s UK Artist Liaison Manager. It is quite simply beyond parody.