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Lately, the corruption between the state and charities has erupted; many are taking aim at the entire practice of charitable lobbying; historical understanding is essential to proceed well.

"England has a proud history of non-party political campaigning for charitable causes, with roots deep in the development of our democratic society. However, today, some decry charity campaigning. A Board Member of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and a UK Minister for Civil Society, for example, both recently told charities to “stick to their knitting,” or rather, to uncontentious practical work. Their criticisms of charity—and thus, of charity’s proper role in the UK– demonstrate a huge deficit of historical understanding."--Andrew Purkis, HistPhil

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