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Monday, 4 May 2015
In no way is this a criticism of the Save the Children Fund, who I'm sure do a wonderful job, it's more a moment of reflection on those who run it.
Amongst its goodness knows how many paid employees, the Save the Children Fund has six that are paid over £140,000. Included amongst these is ex-advisor to Tony Blair, Justin Forsyth, who is the fund's Chief Executive (no surprise there!)
Whilst watching a TV ad' recently (asking me to pledge £2 a month), I did a wee calculation.
£2 a month = £24 per annum. Six employees at £140,000 = £840,000 per annum. Therefore it would take THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND contributors at £2 per month to pay just these six people's salaries alone. And we're talking here of just a few of the very highest earners.
So, if you are one of those THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND contributors, do remember that you are paying for several privileged lifestyles before any of those desperately sick children see a single penny of your money.
With so many intelligent and able retirees around, wouldn't you have thought that half a dozen unpaid 'volunteers' could fill their places? An extra £840,000 in the Fund's coffers each year could do a lot of good, and I'm sure The Queen would see that all the volunteers received a decent gong.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!