Why I am seeking donations to allow me to keep my forensic journalism going and hold power to account

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When I first set up this blog some 11 years ago after leaving the Guardian it had a small readership and was both an opportunity to express myself and publish stories that might be missed by my old employers, the mainstream media.

Since that time the blog has expanded beyond my expectations – taking up campaigns such as the women born in the 1950s who were badly treated when the pension age went up from 60 to 66 and more recently the campaign to implement the UN Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women.

This took the blog at one time from being viewed by a few thousand people to over a million. More recently I have started taking up cases of injustice whether it is doctors fighting for patient safety in the NHS, people treated badly by commercial organisations like Marks and Spencer, whistleblowers or the scandalous treatment of staff (ironically) at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

I also take an interest in holding politicians, civil servants, regulators and ombudsmen (particularly the Parliamentary Ombudsman) to account. Sometimes I do this on a wider basis by writing regularly for Byline Times but other times I use this blog to take up individual cases or expose stories that are buried in Whitehall reports. No injustice is too small not to matter.

Up to now much of this has been a labour of love. I don’t charge to access the blog, I don’t take any advertising. Sometimes what I write here has a spin off which does produce an income. I also do paid freelance work and have a reasonable pension.

However I am finding that I am getting a backlog of stories to investigate which is taking more time. So I have decided to seek some donations for this blog.

The details are on the buttons below. Anyone who wishes to donate will be much appreciated by me. But there is no pressure to do so. Thank you anyway for the thousands following me on Twitter and Facebook and for the 2000 plus people who subscribe to every blog I produce.

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Please donate here so I can develop my blog and continue to hold the powerful to account
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8 thoughts on “Why I am seeking donations to allow me to keep my forensic journalism going and hold power to account

  1. I would if I could David, but you know my situation 😦 If only I could actually find somebody like you to actually take up my/ our cause (it’s not just me) it might be possible to find a way out, other than death.

    I’ve often wondered how you make your money on this without any advertising!

    But with the expected order coming down ‘jabbed every 6 months’ in order to work/ live at any time now I suspect most of your readership will be holding on to whatever money they have. I wish you best of luck on this though, sorry I can’t do more!

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  2. Would you please do Pay Pal Dorothy Wilson

    On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 2:53 PM Westminster Confidential wrote:

    > davidhencke posted: ” PicCredit: picpedia.org. Licensed by creative > commons When I first set up this blog some 11 years ago after leaving the > Guardian it had a small readership and was both an opportunity to express > myself and publish stories that might be missed by” >

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  3. David, Your cause is not just noble – it is so much more than that. You have done so much for honest journalism and I you are helping some of us at the moment. I am sure you will have further rounds to requests and I shall donate with pleasure.
    David E Ward

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  4. I am a 1950’s born woman. I would like to thank you for all that you have done to help our cause and bring it to public attention. I make this donation wishing I could add several 0’s to this small amount to show how grateful we are to have you fighting in our corner. Best wishes.

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  5. David, like other 50s women in the ‘stolen pension’ phase I am not able to make a regular donation but, would gladly make a small donation purely out of recognition of the support and great work you do. However, in an effort to reduce my digital footprint (I am sick to death of others holding data on me!) I have no wish to open any new accounts; do you have an address to which I can mail a cheque as a small token of my regard/appreciation?

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  6. Dear David, I am delighted to help you after all the help you have given to 1950s born women in their continued fight for justice over their stolen state pensions. Your in-depth reporting and ceaseless dedication to the cause is truly appreciated by so many. x

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