Friday, May 05, 2006


Here's an interesting question. I thought so, anyway:

What is the regulatory law applicable to Greenpeace?

I had a quick squiz at their website just now and they appear to be a sort of international confederation of trusts. They claim to publish their accounts every year but, unlike most corporate websites, it appears you cannot download those accounts at any time other than publication. At least, I couldn't find them.

Well, fair enough. Greenpeace is in some sense a private organisation. If it is indeed a network of trusts, it's presumably governed by the law relating to trusts.

And if so, it gets off pretty lightly for an organisation whose raison d'etre is lobbying government for regulation of the activities of others. Maybe business needs to turn its attention to advocating iniquitous legislation to control the activities of the tree-huggers.

Of course, I may be wrong and Greenpeace labours under a weight of awful regulatory paperwork which prevents its staff going about their business. It just doesn't seem terribly likely though, does it?


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