Thursday, 5 February 2015
Have HMRC finally tumbled the Hales Exclusive Brethren/PBCC?
Blog comment received today;
A letter has been read out in some (all?) UK localities in past days, apparently chastising the EB/PBCC flock for the way they have been administering/financing their schools. I gather the letter comes from the top brass, though copies of it are strictly guarded... so the information in this post is on a 'to the best of my knowledge' basis.
I gather the main driver behind the letter is that HMRC have begun some level of investigation into EB/PBCC charities and schools-funding, and/or fee payments thereof by Brethren.
However it appears BDH is doing his utmost to muddy the waters of his own dodgy leadership, by telling the saints that they have transgressed in not following JSH's ideology about school set-ups, right from the off. Apparently they should have pushed much harder in the UK for government funding for the schools for the past up to 20 years they've been running, rather than going so heavily down the private/independent route. (The fact that Focus Schools haven't had a hope in hell of attaining Free School status appears to be neither here nor there, in the back-pedalling Halesian hindsight calculations of what went wrong.)
From what I gather, UK school trustees and local congregations are mystified as to where they have not complied fully in the past with instructions as handed down by the hierarchy. I talked with someone today who'd had the letter read to her, and she was baffled as to where they'd erred, saying they had all tried so hard to follow the spirit of what JSH had described as his vision for EB schools, right back as far as the mid-90s. They seem to have no idea what they are supposed to do to fix the problem of how to more legally and ethically fund their schools.
There just seems to be much bewilderment and the beginnings of a kind of illogical contrition amongst the flock, a bit like a frightened child who knows they have to be sorry but doesn't quite know for what or how to fix the situation without incurring further wrath. BDH of course is taking no responsibility whatsoever I gather, for any of his or his father's faulty leadership decisions (or in the best-case scenario, failure to ensure the troops were properly informed).
All special meetings, fellowship meeting plans etc are now off limits in the UK for the foreseeable - this appears to be one of BDH's tactics when a locality or nation (or entire lower ranks of the EB/PBCC worldwide) has erred in his eyes. "Being disloyal to Our Brother" is a currently favoured catch-all term I gather. Oddly, BDH hasn't yet worked out that there is a certain sense of relief among some of the congregation, when they don't have to pretend to be all enthusiastic about going to special meetings! His 'punishment' and 'withdrawal of privileges' technique seems to work in the opposite direction intended, for some of the saints lol.
Ethically sound charitable PBCC trusts are probably the one thing that BDH most fears having to implement, as they will get him in the PBCC pocket. I am not sure how much more some of the lower socio-economic families in the EB can afford to give though, for their children's education... What a Halesian mess.