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Millionaire Model Lily Cole Wastes £200k of Taxpayers’ Money on Preposterous Failed Social Network

British millionaire and model Lily Cole has spent the last three years and £200,000 of taxpayers’ money on a failed charitable social network featuring a store that sells £230 vegan handbags, leading the Left to hail her as a hero who is “changing the world”.

Impossible, a “charitable” social network which allows users to “wish” for things, received £200,000 in grants from the state in 2012 while Cole was worth £7m, and has since received tremendous support from the liberal elite, including ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Of course, it failed spectacularly. Three years later and the extent of what the site has to show for is a Huffington Post interview, 5,000 Twitter followers, and a moribund user-base who sign in occasionally to use the network as a sort of Facebook for virtue-signalling. (Shudder.)

“I wish homophobia didn’t exist” and “I Wish #war in #Ukraine was stopped” are just two examples of what people actually use Impossible to wish for — somewhat removed from the examples suggested by Cole in her recent HuffPost interview, which included wishing for “assistance with moving house” and “emotional support.”

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Slave labour also seems to be encouraged. Well, sort of. While signing up to the service, all new users are confronted by the following screen:

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For a service that was originally thought up “while on a trip to a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border in 2010”, it’s ironic that the user-base appears comprised of middle-class westerners begging for free labour.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cole’s cooing sycophants on Twitter didn’t seem overly concerned about their tax money being spent on a digital socialist dystopia.

Luckily a few Twitter users, most notably Business Insider editor James Cook, have been criticising the platform online.

One user even compared the platform to disgraced charity Kids Company, which went into liquidation in 2015, taking millions of pounds of government grants with it.

Cook also took to Twitter to highlight the bizarre and wildly expensive items that Cole has been selling on the website’s store, a new addition to the platform.

Impossible is a prime example of why governments should not invest in startups. Especially startups headed by famous millionaires. There are next to no success stories about largely government-funded startups who have gone on to benefit society.

This example should serve as a giant flashing warning sign — with its façade of charitable giving and narrative of “changing the world,” it is unlikely that anyone will learn their lesson.

Charlie Nash is a libertarian writer, memeologist, and child prodigy. When he is not writing, he can usually be found chilling at the Korova Milk Bar, mingling with the infamous. You can follow him on Twitter at @MrNashington.

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