A couple of years ago I wrote about a group called Campaign for Better Transport which despite being officially a charity and receiving public funds was caught out engaging in partisan campaigning against the Conservatives.

At the time the Charity Commission accepted that the rules had been broken but decided not to bother doing anything about it. The CBT's Director Stephen Joseph emailed me to say how the "mistake" of seeking to gather "negative" material about Conservative councils by  lowly intern was a complete aberration from he general standards of impartiality. Joseph added:

We have strengthened our volunteer intern induction and management process so that something like this does not happen in the future. I am sorry for any offence this has caused.

Please do contact me if you are interested in discussing our work and our approach to the role of local government in our transport system.

Delightful. But then I was a bit puzzled this comment by their Campaign Director, Richard Hebditch on Twitter:

Should be watching Newsnight on localism but Harry Phibbs followed by Eric Pickles = TV gets switched off.

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