Freefall Lifeboats

Remember how the CEO of the RNLI was bleating the other day about his outfit not having enough money? Well, here’s how they spend it:

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution came under fire yesterday for spending millions of pounds on projects in foreign countries –including buying burkinis for Muslim women in Africa – while slashing more than 100 jobs in the UK.

Donations are being spent on swimsuits for devout Muslim women in Tanzania and on funding creches in Bangladesh which the RNLI claims helps to prevent drownings overseas.

If you were to go around collecting money for wounded soldiers and then you use it to buy a Porsche, you’d be arrested and charged with fraud. But it appears if you tap people up under the auspices of operating a lifeboat service along Britain’s coast but instead blow a few million on outfits which stop the male relatives of African girls beating them senseless whenever they wish to get wet, that’s just fine.

However, the charity intends to increase its annual spend on foreign projects by £400,000 this year.

I bet there wasn’t a single donor who had any idea they were spending money abroad, let alone on rubbish like this.

The RNLI has talked about trying to ‘influence policy-makers and partners’ and lobbying the United Nations to reduce deaths at sea.

It has a ‘national team of health, safety and environment advisers’, and a ‘diversity leadership group’ tasked with promoting the ‘International Day Against Homophobia’.

As I’ve remarked about the old RNLI CEO, grifters really don’t care about the ostensible purpose of any organisation they join: they’re there to feather their own nests and advance their careers. It’s why they turn up in a series of organisations which have nothing to do with one another: the consistency lies in their role of grifting. I expect the RNLI will be joining the rest of the major “charities” and shaking down the taxpayer for funds before too long. Anyone who still donates to them is a fool.

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29 thoughts on “Freefall Lifeboats

  1. Please show some compassion for the poor grifters. If they lobby the UN with donor’s cash, they will soon be on a First Class flight to a UN-sponsored conference at a Five Star hotel in the Bahamas.

    That beats another trip on the evening train to Grimsby to rally the RNLI volunteers there.

  2. https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/crisis-planning/prices?utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_campaign=promotion&utm_source=20190910&utm_content=&spMailingID=22079654&spUserID=NTU3OTM4NDI4MDQ3S0&spJobID=1580588109&spReportId=MTU4MDU4ODEwOQS2

    “Presentation: Staff conduct and crises – dealing with the fallout from the RNLI pornographic mug scandal

    This session looks at the importance of ensuring a code of conduct for all staff to prevent issues arising and maintain public trust in standards as well as how the RNLI successfully address the issue with supporters and the media after investigating under time pressure.

    Isla Reynolds, senior media engagement manager – RNLII”

  3. Wot they need is fully diversified crews. Jon Snow knows of wot I speak.
    If I was at the mercy of stormy seas I would refuse rescue from the monoculture crews now on duty. And the mere sight of a traditional ships figurehead, or a saucy mug, would have me diving into the thrashing waves.

  4. Argh I didn’t realise it had got that bad. Obviously I heard all about the mug nonsense. Also I knew that they were throwing money at ‘drowning prevention’ (mainly by sending nice ladies with posters to country fairs and seafood festivals, as far as I could tell).

    But I didn’t realise they were doing this kind of thing.

  5. There’s a programme on the Beeb called ‘Saving Lives at Sea’. Although fascinating to watch it’s basically a BBC advertorial bigging up the RNLI. No mention of burkinis in Africa though. I wonder what the volunteers here make of the current management.

  6. The tedious and predictable response to the Mail piece has been an outpouring of support for the RNLI on Twitter, with much promised in donations – although I imagine not by the sort of people likely to support them in the long term. There’s a moral there.

  7. an outpouring of support for the RNLI on Twitter

    I’d be willing to bet a few quid that not one of those woke Twitter mongs has ever donated to the RNLI, nor will they ever.

    The charity racket waxes ever more corrupt.

  8. Robert Conquest: “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.”

    Fred Z: Self serving moles burrowing into organizations with good money and poor controls are everywhere, and they’re not commies, they’re con-men.

    Canada Bill Jones: It is immoral to let a sucker keep his money.

  9. “Donations are being spent on swimsuits for devout Muslim women in Tanzania and on funding creches in Bangladesh which the RNLI claims helps to prevent drownings overseas.”

    Now this should be no surprise to anyone. All the major charities have been usurped and moved away from their founding principles by a class of parasitic civil servants in it for their own purposes. The RNLI is just one of the last to be infected.

  10. All the fishing crews I ever met considered it an honour to be invited to serve as a lifeboatman. They always told me that such an appointment meant you knew your stuff when it came to seamanship.

    Now it seems the whole management structure of every UK charity seems to be polluted with idiots who want to spend the money on anything but the cause it was raised for.

  11. “The RNLI has talked about trying to ‘influence policy-makers and partners’ and lobbying the United Nations to reduce deaths at sea.”

    Just thinking about this, how long before all the money is spent on rescuing African migrants in the med, and none on lifeboats in the UK?

  12. I’m with MC – the virtuesignallers whining that those objecting to this are ‘not interested in saving lives’ are the ones who’ve never put anything in the tin themselves.

  13. “I bet there wasn’t a single donor who had any idea they were spending money abroad, let alone on rubbish like this.”

    The responses to this on Twitter were all of the ‘It’s no secret, it’s there on their website!’ variety.

    No-one responded when I pointed out it wasn’t on the collecting tins and the posters. No Muslims in burkinis there, it’s all heaving waves & picturesque Cornish coastlines…

  14. Just thinking about this, how long before all the money is spent on rescuing African migrants in the med, and none on lifeboats in the UK?

    If the crews weren’t volunteer Brits but paid employees, this would probably already be happening.

  15. Presumably the next step will be to buy a boat that lingers 200 m off the coast of Libya to rescue people who choose to set sail in overcrowded unsuitable vessels.

  16. I understand that If you donate your money directly to the local lifeboat station they get to keep it locally. This means you can support lifeboats without supporting the management parasites at Poole

  17. Get a look at the front page of RNLI.org

    Four ethnic females bobbing along on idyllic seas watched by a smiling female instructor.

    Does anyone know how long this particulate photo has featured. My guess is it was a recent addition to support the “we’ve always been open about this” narrative. .

  18. It’s not the thing of helping Africans that I really object to. It’s the lobbying. If I want to change government, I’ll give to a political party.

    I also particularly like to give to charities where there’s very clear, simple mission. Like, the local air ambulance just does what it says on the tin.

    Most of the big charities have far too much money and that encourages parasites to grab a chunk of them.

  19. Presumably before these ‘burkinis’ were issued these women weren’t going in the sea, so aren’t the RNLI theoretically increasing their chances of drowning by encouraging them like this?

  20. Thanks for the heads-up Tim, that’s the RNLI off the list of acceptable charity donees.

    Not sure where I’ll be able to get my christmas cards this year.

    Bollocks.

  21. Jack the Dog: One is better walking about and giving the charity cash to random beggars. A friend of mine buys McDonald’s gift cards and gives them to bums.

    Much of the money will be spent on alcohol and worse, even some of the gift cards will be sold for those, but I’ll bet a larger portion of the donation actually goes where intended, to feed those who can’t feed themselves.

    You won’t get a charitable donation tax receipt. So what.

  22. @Fred Z: McDonalds? It should be Quinoa and Avocado you bigot! Not that you’d ever catch me spending MY money to help others…

  23. Judging from the ladies in burkinis at our local baths the RNLI is wasting its time. Human fat has a specific gravity of 0.9, which would be about 0.8 if you count seawater as 1.0, so they are unsinkable Titanics anyway.

  24. Growing up in Holyhead, North Wales, one was aware of the prestige of being a lifeboatman. The sticker on the windscreen of the Morris Minor or Austin A30 defined the driver as one of that elite and entitled to take certain liberties when parking.
    Once the maroon rockets sounded (one for the coastguard, two for the lifeboat) there was a mad dash down to the beach to be a crewman. The boat launching watched by four or five upset characters on the shore who had missed their chance.
    It was always a very local thing. The headquarters might as well have been a million miles away.

  25. Spent the greater part of my career in the maritime industry, with at least one fundraiser every year. A number of the lads I worked with were volunteers. Suspect those charity donations will be going elsewhere in the future.

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