We have already reported on the damage experienced by Levant Education as a result of collaborating with the British Council in Azerbaijan. Well, the British Council actions there have had much the same effect on David Mitchell of Levant as their similar unprincipled actions in the case of my business had on me. And would have on anybody whose business depends on international education and who runs into the organisation. Suddenly the scales fall from your eyes and you see what bollocks the stance of the organisation is. It does not help British interests, it helps itself, and frankly has no other purpose. What it also has to do is keep enough things going (i.e. keep the millions from the taxpayer) to keep the Charity Commission happy (not hard when that organisation can describe a monumental tax avoidance scheme as a charity) and of course pull the wool over the eyes of the various committees in Parliament, which is clearly a piece of cake.
It's a really good article - please read it.
PS. Here's a ready made case in today's news of how easy it is to fool the soft heads in Parliament. Eric Pickles has simply parroted a line he has been fed by the British Council that says "British Council had trained nearly one million English language teachers covering over 17 million aspirational Indians". What Mr Pickles might do next is ask himself how this wretched organisation has managed to train about 25 times as many teachers as the entire HE sector in the UK manages each year, and then why these one million new teachers in India can apparently manage only 17 students each. As long as politicians can be relied on to keep their mouths so far ahead of their brains, the British Council will be laughing.