"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 18 June 2011


That's the EU's Multi-annual Indicative Programme 2011-2013 for Rural and Natural Resource Development and Social Welfare under which a further 225m euros will be going to Pakistan as aid.  Germany has agreed a separate arrangement of 90m euros in addition to Britain's own aid of £450m and the US's $1.5bn pa even as Pakistan spends billions on its military.

Aid is big business now; a lot of money can be made from it and campaign groups can be a powerful stepping stone for those interested in political lobbying.
"...in every major green group, managers, administrators, communicators and fundraisers outnumber campaigners and researchers. Interminable meetings, not action, are the order of most days." 
We give on so many levels: we donate to charity individually & locally; individually & nationally; via national government & taxation; and via the EU & taxation. In the hands of government and state our voluntary giving simply becomes wealth distribution and at a time when the average British family is facing increased household outgoings of around £900 per annum I think something's got to give.

Considering the financial deluge to come we shouldn't be leaking money, we should be shoring up our own position thereby being stronger to help those in need in the future.  It doesn't make sense for any cutbacks at home to be wiped out by giving any savings away instead of paying down the national debt.  In future years the Labour government won't be the only one to be accused of "failing to fix the roof while the sun was shining".

DfID statistics

See also THIS

And this - "the threshold of calamity":

UPDATE: Herman van Rompuy urges us all to be "serene in the face of economic crisis".  His solution:  to stop calling it the euro-zone and begin calling it 'euroland'.  I have five little words for him: SIUYJ.

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