As reported in MCFly 57, we emailed the carbon offset outfit Foundation (www..foundation.climatefund.org.uk) on Friday 3rd September.
“Manchester Climate Fortnightly is going to run a story on the amount of money generated for Foundation from the “tie-in” with Kro Bar. It has been suggested to us by a confidential source that this sum is a great deal smaller than had been anticipated. We would like to know
– what target amount was anticipated in the original agreement with Kro?
– what is the amount raised to 31 August?
– is the agreement under review?”
Within an hour top bod MarkTurner replied “Thank you for your query. As I’m sure you will appreciate I will need to gather a few facts and figures before I can fully respond to your request (especially the second point raised). I’ll get on with this & hope to get back to you early next week.”
We waited not a few days, but almost a month. First thing on Friday 1st October we wrote again, stating that we were still waiting for the promised reply. We wrote “[I]n addition to the original questions, which are still of great interest to our readership, we now also want to know answers the following ….
a) why you have not replied in the last month
b) why you have chosen not to have the courtesy to inform us of the reasons for not replying
c) do you feel this is a good way to manage your reputation?”
What did we get? Eight hours later, at the death of a Friday afternoon, the question “Why don’t you give me a call [next week] so that we can discuss the various questions that you have?”
Notice that there is no longer a promise to answer the questions, but to “discuss” them? The promise of Friday 3rd September seems to have been withdrawn. Wonder why?
Funny thing about phone calls, they don’t leave a paper trail. Simple questions, and we were promised answers, so in a complicated old world, let’s stick to that, shall we….
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