Sunday, September 6, 2015

It Is An Ex Lobby Group, It Has Ceased To Be?

Over the years that this blog has been running there has been one thing that has been more consistent than anything else. The fact that Object Now Ltd have been campaigning about striptease and "lapdancing", usually missing most of the facts, at every turn and about every venue. They even had toolkits full of misguided, ill informed and defamatory statements to send to councils. Well I will admit that I was expecting them to haunt every campaign ever since the Guardian framed Anna as the perfect radical feminist, but is seems motherhood changed her drive, either that or Object couldn't afford her any more.

However the existence of Object seems to be a thing of the past as I suppose all good (and bad) things must come to an end. Having looked at their webpages for many a year it was disappointing to go have a look to see what they were up to only to find what is basically an empty page with a log in for the webmaster, now we know that they haven't had much in the way of funding and the money from Joseph Roundtree which covered the money for the CEO ran out this year so what do you do? I was assuming the cost cutting would be so that Object could focus on communicating with the world via facebook and twitter, however twitter and facebook seem to have stopped at the 7th July. I not sure when their tumblr stopped as I have never really tried to figure out timelines on there.
Whoops, well that's not good.
So Object as a company have failed to file both their account and annual returns, the last two transactions were terminations of appointments as directors leaving Roz Hardie as CEO and Company Secretary. I am not sure if Roz has even realised that the accounts and returns are due but given the fact she seems to have sole responsibility for Object as a company I would suggest she is in trouble, not sure that using the same name in both roles apart from the addition of the name Boyd as a director really makes much difference. Does Object even have a future? I am sure that when this is read someone will try to make object look active but over the last couple of years they have had less and less impact and failed to deliver anything other than a jolly to Brazil for Roz, certainly hope that wasn't the last of the funds. And if I donated to Object in the past I would be stopping any standing orders.
Someone needs a new accountant
So who will pick up the slack and become the next object of ridicule? We have seen misleading reports and cherry picked results from various organisations but we are not sure if anyone will take that step forward to become the next voice of stupidity... errrr I mean the next voice of denying women the right to choose... errr the next group to make up stuff to create invalid arguments... errr the next group to running around shouting stuff.... you all get the point. I would put my money on UK Feminista which of course will be the death knell for it as the more object claims were countered the less people wanted to deal with them. The big thing now is all the MPs and councillors who followed Object are going to now wonder why it has ceased to be. Come on Roz make that effort for a couple of weeks. Pretend that Object has some validity left and please file your accounts and returns we dont want you in trouble we want you to lead your followers into battle and shout intelligent slogans like loser and w**ker.
Has Roz been cloning herself?
It is an ex lobby group it has ceased to be, well almost we are waiting on that last gasp.

TonyN (tonyprince@acdcfan.com)

13 comments:

  1. Good article Tony, but there's one very important point which you missed: Object Now's Articles of Association require the company to have at least three directors (probably as a result of their non-profit status and their relationships with charitable donors), which ceased to be the case when both Janet Hibbert and Nechamah Inbar-Bonanos resigned on the 27th of June 2015. Oh, the benefits of the new Companies House beta service!

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07330415

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    1. Says a lot, 2 officers and 20 resignations. Strange the 2 officers are the same person. They may have renewed the domain but nothing has been done with it. Registered at Chiswick post office. And we know that at least one Object supporter reads the blog because of the troll claims.

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    2. As to the articles of association there are certain statuses they can apply for to move to single director or Roz can let one of her more vocal supporters onto the board.

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    3. If we were talking about an average for-profit company, that'd be a fair point...but Object Now is a non-profit organisation, registered as a company, which has received a very large percentage of its revenue from charities.

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    4. As for two resignations on the same date, by people who must have known that the company would no longer have the quorum of directors it required in order to function...doesn't that look like a de facto vote of no confidence in Roz Hardie's leadership to you? It certainly does to me.

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    5. Roz hasn't done much to inspire confidence, especial since the Graun hasn't dedicated pages to her like Anna. I haven't heard her speak, I couldn't face watching her in Brazil and I would still dearly love to know who paid for the trip, accommodation and the sundry expenses. As CEO of Object Roz would not be earning much so who anted up?

      As to the resignations in terms of the structure of Object perhaps Roz was intending to draft a couple of people in and no one wants to be on that particular sinking ship.

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    6. Or perhaps some Object activists have paid attention to what was written on this blog and elsewhere about Roz's chronic case of foot-in-mouth...

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    7. I would love to asked them, but I am betting they will never give us the truth.

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    8. Perhaps Object should change its slogan to, "Silence is golden"!

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  2. UPDATE: The object.org.uk domain was renewed on the 07/09/15, so it would appear that someone at Object Tower is a fan of either Stripping The Illusion or Undressed To Kill! ;-)

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  3. Good riddance to a bad organisation.

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    1. I expect that the same small rent-a-mob will surface elsewhere, under some other banner, until some of the younger activists start to grow up and get lives...

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  4. I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the sexiest virtual strippers getting naked on my desktop.

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