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4:45pm on Monday, 12th February, 2007:



There's a new government watchdog beginning work today, at least in Scotland: the Fundraising Standards Board, which has a brief of ensuring that charitable donations go to, well, charity.

All very laudible, but there seem to be rather a lot of government watchdogs these days. Ofcom, Ofwat, Ofgem, Ofsted, ... If the Fundraising Standards Board were nationwide, it would probably be called Ofchar.

There are so many of these that it must be quite difficult to ensure that they all adhere to the same, high standards. Therefore, I propose a new regulatory authority to keep them in line: Ofof. Ofof would monitor all watchdogs that aren't self-regulating.

As for whether Ofof should regulate itself, well, consistency isn't a requirement of government...

Referenced by Ofof Revisited.

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