Noth­ing more vi­tal than pub­lic good­will

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

The scan­dal con­sum­ing Ox­fam is trou­bling on many lev­els. Ear­lier this week Min­nie Driver was the first celebrity to quit as an am­bas­sador for the trou­bled char­ity fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Now mil­lions of pounds of pub­lic fund­ing could be pulled from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

While the blame lies squarely with the ac­tions of those in­volved in any sex­ual mis­con­duct, there are also ques­tions over char­ity chiefs and their ap­par­ent fail­ure to alert donors, reg­u­la­tors and prose­cu­tors.

If there is one thing any char­ity needs above all else it is good­will.

With­out that, and the trust it nat­u­rally en­gen­ders, the out­look is bleak in­deed.

And Ox­fam will not be the only char­ity feel­ing the pinch as a re­sult of the emerg­ing scan­dal.

Donors will, quite nat­u­rally, be­gin to ques­tion all of their giv­ing.

Against such a back­drop it is vi­tal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions are both thor­ough and rapid.

There is no doubt the vast ma­jor­ity of char­i­ties are staffed by ded­i­cated, hard-work­ing and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als.

Where fail­ings are dis­cov­ered, how­ever, ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion must be taken with­out de­lay and any char­ity seen to be tol­er­at­ing crim­i­nal be­hav­iour is un­likely to pros­per.

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