Thursday, 5 May 2011

Charity Doesn't Begin At Home

Just how far can senior members of a charity go before publically compromising their neutrality?

RCRE Director Rajinder Sophal and Chair Ejaz Elahi were both seen out campaigning for Labour on election day in Redlands.

As far as I'm aware, none of them live in Redlands. In fact, if I remember correctly, Mr Sophal lives in Tilehurst.


Christine said...

Oh dear! Oh dear! Quite a few charity trustees must have been campaigning yesterday for their political party. And their party allegiance will mostly have been well known already. So what? Are political animals banned from working for charities? Are charity trustees banned from supporting political parties?

Did you really really not know that Rajinder is a former Labour councillor for Redlands ward? Did you really really not know that Ejaz has been supporting Labour in east Reading on polling day for a couple of decades or more?

Was said...

And if you are in a position of trust on a charity you need to be really careful about how your actions are perceived.

Uduwerage said...

I am a member of the RCRE, plus a Director of a number of voluntary sector organisations and I was not only out canvassing, but standing for the Liberal Democrats in West Berkshire. Was this a problem? In West Berkshire my race equality credentials certainly will not have bolstered my chances of election, and from the result it is obvious that my voluntary sector involvement did not benefit me either.

I think that most people are adult enough to realise that people working within the voluntary sector are able to multi-task whilst still maintaining their integrity.

With regard to Labour having undue influence over the RCRE, this is quite a prosperous accusation. There are in reality members from a number of differing political persuasions, and not surprisingly even Liberal Democrats.

The reality is that to challenge intolerance and establish a more ethical and equitable society one has to be active in politics as well, for this is how one brings about change.