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Government 'co-opting' voluntary sector's ideas - Wednesday, February 01 2006

The Government is taking over the ideas of the voluntary sector for its own purposes, according to Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO.

His comments were made in a talk on campaigning at an event organised by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness in London last week. Etherington said: "The current Government is a sophisticated ringmaster in the big tent, proving itself adept at co-opting language, ideas and people - as demonstrated by Tony Blair wearing a Make Poverty History wristband while, behind the scenes, recruiting Oxfam's policy director as a special adviser."

He added that the sector's increasing reliance on statutory funding could further compromise its independence.
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