Jody Corcoran: Charity must be transparent so those in real need receive in a sceptical age
Benevolence should be thoughtful and prudent, as it is more important to 'do' good than to 'feel' good.
On Thursday December 15, the economist Constantin Gurdgiev tweeted that 121 women were jailed last year for not paying a fine on conviction for failing to have a television licence.
A woman I know, who struggles to exist within a twilight world between work and welfare, was so panicked by that tweet that she went directly to the post office and paid €160 for a licence. She is left with €27 for Christmas. That is a fact.