Twice recently deserving causes have asked me to vote for them in a competition to win some money from a high street bank. In both cases, the money they want replaces money that the government would have given them, but no longer does.
The same principle lies behind Barnet council's so-called "Big Society Innovation Bank".
I find this really galling. Isn't the reason that we are having our public services, student finance, etc, butchered is because we bailed out the poxy banks in the first place? You don't see the people at the top of the banks tightening their belts.
I won't name who is bidding for what, because I don't want to embarrass anyone - or even jeopardise their chances! However, I feel very disinclined to join in this competition. The causes my friends are competing against are almost certainly deserving as well.
We need to stop competing against each other. We need to draw tighter together and show some solidarity in the face of a more formidable foe. I know that the people asking for my support basically think so as well so don't let's get distracted!