As a general point on this matter; I think it is overkill.
There is nothing in all of this that I have seen which would indicate WMUK
is not capable of handling donations in the UK. There have been ethical
concerns with the board - but nothing that isn't public enough to make sure
everything is at least legal (i.e. no villas in the carribean!).
From muy understanding, this won't affect
WMUK's funds for 2013, as that
decision lies with the FDC.
On the other hand, allowing WMUK to handle donations means that the
movement would obtain extra free money from the UK government, in gift aid.
So, this is a ridiculous decision with no merit.
I'm not going to repeat what's in the statement - it speaks for
itself. We'll pay very close attention indeed to
the results of the
governance review, to make sure we are doing enough to safeguard the
reputation of not only ourselves as a charity but the Wikimedia movement as
Chis, I would hope it has nothing to to with reputation! And everything to
do with doing things properly and with correct ethics.
Reputation won't be a concern in those circumstances!