Article on Lord Phillips who has been fighting very effectively for the nfp sector and social welfare law on the Legal Aid bill
" Lord Phillips: 'Valueless' society needs the voluntary sector 2 Finance | Tania Mason | 1 Mar 2012 The voluntary sector is the only hope for the future in our valueless society, Lord Phillips of Sudbury said yesterday.
In an impassioned speech to a CFG reception at the House of Lords, the Bates Wells & Braithwaite lawyer told the assembled guests that society was in the midst of a “profound crisis” that only the voluntary sector, with its “essential egalitarianism”, could fix.
“It’s not just a crisis about banks and money, it’s a crisis of values,” Lord Phillips said. “There is an ongoing de-moralisation of our society.”
One of the great paradoxes, he said, was that the “obscenely rich” gives less as a proportion of their earnings than those on the lowest incomes – “I think they must lose sight of the fact that these are their fellow human beings,” he said......................."