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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Around and about in Companies House WebCheck

The Centre for Social Cohesion, number 06609071 - annual return overdue!

The CSC were taken over by the Henry "Scoop" Jackson Society earlier in the year, but their company registration is still marked "Active", and they're now two weeks away from triggering a fine. A bit worrying because the Scoopies have historically had excellent organisational skills (when it comes to administrative matters anyway - on things like avoiding some really embarrassing tacking-in-the-wind with respect to Hosni Mubarak, less so).

Worth noting, btw, that although historically the legal entity has been "The Henry Jackson Society Project For Democratic Geopolitics" (a trust registered with the Charities Commission), there is now "The Henry Jackson Society", a company limited by guarantee number 07465741, which is also registered with the CC. I am not sure why - Philip Blond's Respublica has two legal entities for fairly sensible VAT reasons, so it's probably that. In any case, since CSC is now folded into H'S'JS, they ought to either get rid of the legal entity or make its filings properly - they are registered to the same address on Pentonville Road so it shouldn't be difficult.

Update: Meanwhile, the Quilliam Foundation, the organisation for reformed Islamist morons, is holding an event for former EDL morons. As always, the USP is "I have a history of being a hell of a moron, so you should listen to me". Because if you can't rely on morons, who can you rely on?

There is actually a business model here. Northern Ireland (I seem to remember Marc Mulholland once telling me) has quite the cottage industry of reformed terrorists doing the learn-from-my-terrible-example circuit (substantial overlap with the "True Crime" thrill-to-these-depraved-deeds industry), but England and Wales less so. The trouble, there as here, is that in many cases, people who have shed their extremist beliefs have not always finished losing the deep-seated personality problems that drove them into extremist politics in the first place. There's a niche for the twelve-step people here; rather than taking up our time with their policy programs and suchlike, I think Quilliam would be better advised to get into the rehabilitation business full-time and rebrand themselves Morons Anonymous.


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