When the whole opioid crisis blew up, the Sackler family — whose fortune was substantially built on getting thousands of Americans debilitatingly addicted to OxyContin — withdrew for a period from their charitable giving. It was reported yesterday, though, that they're back in the philanthropy business, and last year gave £3.5 million to various British causes — among them the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Watermill Theatre, King’s College, London, the homelessness charity Amber Foundation, various churches, academies and conservation projects. 'The return of the Sacklers to philanthropy in the UK,' the report stated confidently, 'will cause outrage'. Really?
I remember being similarly perplexed when green campaigners were protesting about the National Portrait Gallery being sponsored by BP.