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.