How Britain Shafted Its Colonies (Pt 2)

September 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Obviously a series with this title could run and run…..

The current installment refers to the high jinks at the Commonwealth Development Corporation, which started life as the Colonial Development Corporation. The original idea was to fund and encourage projects in the developing world, with a view to them eventually being self-sustaining. So far so good, but in the 1990s New Labour went where even Thatcher hadn’t, privatised a chunk of it and transmogrified the rest into a quango for venture capital-lite.

 Hearty congrats to Richard Brooks of Private Eye for burrowing away in this dungheap. This bit of the DFID (funded by us, let’s remember) keeps trying to stop Richard from uncovering their serial nest-feathering activities. Nothing new in that, but these people are supposed to be RELIEVING WORLD POVERTY. The current Eye has a full exposé, which I urge you to read. I’ll offer this teeny taster: we taxpayers paid for some CDC functionary to take a Goldman Sachs banker out to dinner…and it counts as aid spending! Delicious!

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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