Monday, September 27, 2004

Getting fat from other people's misery

The fact that this has been the West's policy in recent years (eg: Bechtel claiming to own even the rainwater in Bolivia after the World Bank forced the country to accept privatisation by Western corporations) doesn't make it any less obscene. Reading new accounts of it just refuels my outrage.

What really irks me personally is that I voted the traitor Blair into power when I was still in the UK. After 18 years of Tory rule Blair seemed to be the UK's best hope. He totally betrayed us.


In retrospect the warning signs were there- Blair was a Tory when he was at University. Leopards don't change their spots. Another big warning shot to me was hearing him on BBC radio 4 (before there was even talk of him running for PM, I think) talking about 'Christian values' - entirely inappropriate in a multicultural society, given its profoundly stupid and offensive implication that only Christians have ethics. I guess he is a 'Christian' in the same way that a mob boss thinks of himself as a Catholic.



Interesting how the right-ward shift in parties' policies in Western nations seems to be in direct proportion to the increase in corporate donations to political parties.


UK accused of using aid to promote privatisation

Aid agency report says programme has led to increased poverty, while bringing in huge sums for private-sector consultants

Duncan Campbell
Monday September 27, 2004
The Guardian


The British government has been imposing privatisation on developing countries, often with disastrous results, as a condition for granting aid, according to a report to be published this week.

The study, undertaken by War on Want and to be launched at the Labour party conference, says private sector consultants are earning "immense sums" from the arrangement and the Department for International Development (DfID) has "invested heavily in the privatisation programme...to advance the cause of privatisation across the developing world".

The organisation says the privatisation of many services in developing countries has led to increased poverty, and calls for an independent commission to investigate the scale of privatisation in poor countries and its effects.

"There is a solid body of evidence which shows that privatisation of public services increases poverty in developing countries," said John Hilary, director of campaigns and policy at War on Want and the author of the report, Profiting from Poverty.

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