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Nick Clegg was last night accused of being at the centre of a ‘Coalition cover-up’ over bombshell emails that reveal how he helped to fast-track £12 million of taxpayers’ money to a charity linked to his wife.

A watchdog, acting on the advice of a Cabinet Minister, has banned the release of all correspondence relating to the Booktrust case on the grounds that it would have a ‘chilling effect’ on the Government.

The ban – condemned by one of the Deputy Prime Minister’s own Liberal Democrat MPs – follows a year-long drive by the Cabinet Office to suppress details of how one of Mr Clegg’s advisers successfully lobbied for Booktrust to receive automatic funding, rather than having to bid against other charities.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516231/Nick-Clegg-cover-storm.html#ixzz2mG34A3n4

How do you spell sleaze?

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Booktrust sounds like an interesting charity:

Donate:

£50 could provide an additional seven book packs for disadvantaged children to help improve their English

£130 could make a child in care feel special by receiving regular parcels filled with books, writing materials, CDs and games

But should books need to be paid for by charities?

BOOKTRUST IS AN INDEPENDENT READING AND WRITING CHARITY THAT MAKES A NATIONWIDE IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, AND CULTURE IN THE UK. WE MAKE A SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF CHILDREN FROM THE EARLIEST AGE. WE WORK TO EMPOWER PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BY GIVING THEM CONFIDENCE AND CHOICES ABOUT READING.

55 members of staff.

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/

You have to search for booktrust as I can't see a way of linking to their info

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends43%5C0000313343_AC_20120331_E_C.pdf

most recent accounts

Despite having to suspend some of our prizes due to reduced income in 2011, thanks to our sponsors

Booktrust continues to run a portfolio of high-profile literary awards and prizes. Highlights include:

> The Blue Peter Children's Book Awards in March 2012 had a new award to celebrate the 10th

anniversary, the Blue Peter Vote for the Best Children's Book of the last 10 years, with a special bookfocused

episode of the programme on Word Book Day. The winner was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff

Kinney, voted by over 400 children aged 8-12

> The Roald Dahl Funny Prize is a favourite in the prizes calendar. In 2011 Chair of judges Michael Rosen

was joined by fellow judges Grace Dent, Danny Wallace, Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

> The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, managed by Booktrust for the last two years, has helped raise

the profile of this lesser known literary genre

> In 2011, we were pleased to take responsibility for the prestigious David Cohen Prize which was

awarded with great acclaim to Julian Barnes for his lifetime achievement to literature.

> This year, for the first time, Booktrust was asked to manage both the Prize and the Awards ceremony

for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, and the PR, and has been asked to do so

again in 2012

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Seems as if Booktrust is just another Government bung for hard-working families that is dressed as a charity

BBC Link

Now children, are we sitting comfortably?, then I'll begin.

"Once upon a time, in a land where parents bought books for their children,

Anyone want to carry on ?

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Booktrust sounds like an interesting charity:

Donate:

£50 could provide an additional seven book packs for disadvantaged children to help improve their English

£130 could make a child in care feel special by receiving regular parcels filled with books, writing materials, CDs and games

But should books need to be paid for by charities?

BOOKTRUST IS AN INDEPENDENT READING AND WRITING CHARITY THAT MAKES A NATIONWIDE IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, AND CULTURE IN THE UK. WE MAKE A SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF CHILDREN FROM THE EARLIEST AGE. WE WORK TO EMPOWER PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BY GIVING THEM CONFIDENCE AND CHOICES ABOUT READING.

55 members of staff.

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/

You have to search for booktrust as I can't see a way of linking to their info

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends43%5C0000313343_AC_20120331_E_C.pdf

most recent accounts

Despite having to suspend some of our prizes due to reduced income in 2011, thanks to our sponsors

Booktrust continues to run a portfolio of high-profile literary awards and prizes. Highlights include:

> The Blue Peter Children's Book Awards in March 2012 had a new award to celebrate the 10th

anniversary, the Blue Peter Vote for the Best Children's Book of the last 10 years, with a special bookfocused

episode of the programme on Word Book Day. The winner was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff

Kinney, voted by over 400 children aged 8-12

> The Roald Dahl Funny Prize is a favourite in the prizes calendar. In 2011 Chair of judges Michael Rosen

was joined by fellow judges Grace Dent, Danny Wallace, Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

> The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, managed by Booktrust for the last two years, has helped raise

the profile of this lesser known literary genre

> In 2011, we were pleased to take responsibility for the prestigious David Cohen Prize which was

awarded with great acclaim to Julian Barnes for his lifetime achievement to literature.

> This year, for the first time, Booktrust was asked to manage both the Prize and the Awards ceremony

for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, and the PR, and has been asked to do so

again in 2012

So these prizes are big cash awards to authors and publishers?

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So these prizes are big cash awards to authors and publishers?

Seems so & "Methinks [they] doth protest too much"

Over the last 15-20 years the 'arts' have done very well at feathering their nest though public funding - There was a concerted effort to get into the psyche that the ARTS were underfunded and ahd insufficient attention paid to them, with great success and considerable overshoot. It will end and there will be much wailing.

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Shocking. A selfish, money grabbing socialist. Thats unheard of.

That's the first time I've heard Clegg described as a socialist, except possibly by Boris Johnson for whom anything other than serfdom or slavery is socialism.

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Seems so & "Methinks [they] doth protest too much"

Over the last 15-20 years the 'arts' have done very well at feathering their nest though public funding - There was a concerted effort to get into the psyche that the ARTS were underfunded and ahd insufficient attention paid to them, with great success and considerable overshoot. It will end and there will be much wailing.

How much public money does the arts get?

How much did Jimmy Page get?

Ho much did Tori Amos get?

I suspect that there is an arts industry akin to the poverty industry akin to the equality industry.

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I see the new government £250 million lending bank for small businesses is to be established in Sheffield.

Er, now where's Clegg's constituency ?

Blatant electioneering for this European lefty tw@.

You are right about Sheffield, but Clegg is no way a leftie - he signed up to the economic austerity programme. You should try looking at the Orange Book, co-authored by him and sleazebag David Laws. it is well to the right of the Tory Party on most things except gay rights.

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Seems so & "Methinks [they] doth protest too much"

Over the last 15-20 years the 'arts' have done very well at feathering their nest though public funding - There was a concerted effort to get into the psyche that the ARTS were underfunded and ahd insufficient attention paid to them, with great success and considerable overshoot. It will end and there will be much wailing.

Although you shouldn't lump all the 'arts' together. I'm involved directy or indirectly with (very gifted) dancers who receive not a penny from mr taxpayer; meanwhile dancers in other types of dance get showered with cash. It sometimes rankles me that some wally in an office somewhere has deemed that some types of dance are more 'arty' than others [1]

[1] and just for clarity, I'd be happy to see all subsidies gone - even the supposedly neutral ones like "let's build a dance studio for all forms of dance" quickly turns into a private rehearsal room for some councillor's buddies.

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Seems as if Booktrust is just another Government bung for hard-working hardback reading families that is dressed as a charity

BBC Link

Now children, are we sitting comfortably?, then I'll begin.

"Once upon a time, in a land where parents bought books for their children,

Anyone want to carry on ?

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Although you shouldn't lump all the 'arts' together. I'm involved directy or indirectly with (very gifted) dancers who receive not a penny from mr taxpayer; meanwhile dancers in other types of dance get showered with cash. It sometimes rankles me that some wally in an office somewhere has deemed that some types of dance are more 'arty' than others [1]

[1] and just for clarity, I'd be happy to see all subsidies gone - even the supposedly neutral ones like "let's build a dance studio for all forms of dance" quickly turns into a private rehearsal room for some councillor's buddies.

I expect your dance troupe will survive any government cutbacks quite well. Good luck to you.

I am sure it's tough but at least you have succeeded by your efforts - and should you fail (I hope you don't), then that dance form deserved to die, probably - however, you may well rise again in another guise - while the subsidised will limp on pleading to be fed while producing tat.

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