RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore

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~ by Servetus on February 2, 2021.

7 Responses to “RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore”

  1. Ah, that’s sad. What a wonderful man. He will not be forgotten.

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  2. Shocked and much saddened to see this on FB today. Such a grand old gentleman. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. It’s very sad news, Captain Tom did an extraordinary thing in raising so much money for the NHS. It makes me sick to the stomach to see the hypocrisy of the Tory government, with their tributes, when they refused to do what a very old man, with a frame, did walking round his garden.

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    • Although presumably someone votes for that government. I have had a lot of similar reactions lately to things that are going on here. My mother got the food pantry at her church going in the months before her death; now I heard that that is enough and people do not need government benefits. I was looking for information on this yesterday and apparently government benefits cover about a tenth of the need for food in the charitable sector. And yet, also according to data I found yesterday, charitable giving has not risen meaningfully in the last year in the US. (This probably has something to do with the change in the tax code in 2017, which has been extremely hard on non-profits. Somebody voted for that, too, at least indirectly.)

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  4. Yes true, and people voted for Brexit when the campaigning Tory Brexiteers implied that £350m a week would go to the NHS instead of the EU.
    Charitable-giving can be a difficult decision. I know several kind generous people who refuse to donate, e.g. give money to homeless people or to Captain Tom’s appeal, for fear it will erode Government contributions, but it is hard not to when there is so much need.

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    • I’m with you there. I very much take the point that we don’t want the private sector to be solely responsible for this stuff (at least not while we pay taxes), and the private sector itself says it couldn’t cope with all the need (or at least the honest parts of it do), and really, the governments need to STEP UP. Otoh when I see something practically right in front of me, I tend to reach for the debit card even though I know that fragmented giving isn’t as helpful as a targeted giving plan (which i also have).

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