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I demand an apology

Did you know that The Freecycle Network had the audacity to lobby the UK government in the name of Freecycle UK on its Climate Change Bill.  Did you know that the majority of directors of Freecycle UK come from Tucson, Arizona.  This means that a US company actually thought it had the right to lobby the UK Government.

For me, this deserves a profound apology to each and every citizen of the UK.   This deserves an apology to the UK Government.  This deserves an apology to all TFN members.  This deserves an apology to all TFN moderators, past and present.  This deserves an apology from both Deron Beal and Stephanie Sagemoon-Baldwin (daHub coordinator).

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September 6, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle

7 Comments »

  1. I think you’re over egging the pudding here somewhat. UK Freecycle responded to a consultation, which is slightly less ‘proactive’ than lobbying.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think they probably overstepped the line by doing so in the name of their UK membership without full internal consultation, but using sensationalist phraseology doesn’t do justice to what is usually a well written, independent and measured blog.

    Comment by Martin Pike | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Mike, point accepted.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Who’s Mike?

    Comment by Martin Pike | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. My apologies Martin. Strike three coming up soon I guess 😉

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Andy, all governments have the right to lobby other governments, as shown by the Geneva Convention, so it isn’t unusual for a US company to lobby the UK government on an evironmental issue when they are nominally an environmentally concerned organization.

    Doesn’t Greenpeace lobby every government in the world through its insane militancy?

    Doesn’t the World Wildlife Fund lobby every government in the world for the humane treatment of animals?

    The sole thing that rates an apolgy, and not only to citizens of the UK, is that they had the audacity to lobby in the name of their membership without the bother of even determining whether their membership agreed with the stance they were taking, or approved of their lobbying in the name of thir membership on a political cause, in violation of the rule of refraining from taking any political stance.

    Comment by EDWARD SCHWARZMANN | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. The organisations you mention have as a main tenet of their agenda – lobbying. TFN on the other hand has the opposite rule “no politics”.

    And you are right that any individual anywhere can lobby on any issue in any country they feel warrants their attention. I guess a more refined view of what is getting my goat is that to the UK government this will look like a UK pressure group, whereas it is a USA pressure group. The submission is sent on behalf of “The Directors of Freecycle UK”. Nowhere does it indicate that the majority of those directors are not UK citizens. It is that that feels dishonest to my thinking.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Did anyone forget, “NO POLITICS”. I guess db is open to any funding???

    Comment by Paul Hurteau | September 6, 2007 | Reply


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