Among bodies asking for my vote is the National Trust.
Despite its name, this is an entirely non-governmental British charitable body which acquires and most laudably protects significant buildings and threatened countryside (I think there is an American affiliate, perhaps called the Royal Oak Foundation). The room-stewards in its properties are all unpaid volunteers.
Some time ago, the NT was in the news. As I remember the reports, in one property the volunteers had been asked to wear the 'Rainbow' diversity insignia. Some, who refused, were (if my memory is not deceiving me) told that they would be allocated to roles where they would not come into contact with members of the public.
I, and all other members, have now been sent our voting papers for the Members' Annual General Meeting in October.
One Members' Resolution "calls on the Trust never to require its volunteers to wear badges, symbols or other items that reflect a political or social viewpoint".
The "Board of Trustees' Position" asserts that "The purpose of this resolution is not clear".
Well, it seemed abundantly clear to me.
Offering context, the Board says that "we do not ask volunteers to wear badges or symbols, or other items that reflect a political viewpoint".
As between the text I have printed in red and the one I have printed in blue, do readers happen to notice any interesting differences?
I hope I am not the only person to notice this detail in the bumf which I and other members have received.