RNIB chief executive criticises ‘arrogance’ of MPs who think charities must learn from private sector
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RNIB chief executive criticises ‘arrogance’ of MPs who think charities must learn from private sector 1

21 Nov 2014 | David Ainsworth

Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of RNIB, yesterday said she had a “struggle with the arrogance” of politicians, including the minister for civil society, who believe charities must learn from private companies.

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