Oxfam Picked The Right Man To Cover Up The Sex Scandal

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This is excellent news here. A charity has chosen a leader not because they’re politically right on, not because they spout all the fashionable mantras, but because they actually know something about the subject under discussion. Would that every such taxpayer funded bureaucracy – and don’t think that Oxfam isn’t one of those – do the same. Hire someone who actually knows what they’re doing:

The chief executive of Oxfam who vowed to clean up the charity after the Haiti sex scandal has been forced to deny covering up similar wrongdoing at his former workplace. Danny Sriskandarajah, who joined Oxfam as chief executive last year after the former chief and his deputy quit in the wake of the revelations, promised ‘systematic and cultural changes’ at the charity. Yet a previous employee at the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), said that while under Dr Sriskandarajah’s leadership in 2009 a senior figure was allowed to ‘quietly resign’ after it emerged he had paid for sex during taxpayer-funded trips to Amsterdan and Los Angeles. Nigel McCollum, the former head of public affairs at the RCS, told the Mail on Sunday that he blew the whistle on the employee but was shocked to find little action was taken, and the man was allowed to move to another job in the charity sector.

OK, so, as it happens, what he knows how to do is cover up sex scandals but, you know, this is still an advance, baby steps, baby steps on the road to competence.

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The 3rd sector need a purge as much as the public sector and for exactly the same reasons.