More Bottled Water Nonsense

The environment minister, Phil Woolas, tells the programme it is also a moral issue that bottled water is being sent to Britain when many countries have no access to safe drinking water.

Some of the most expensive bottled mineral water comes from Fiji – yet one in three Fijians does not have access to safe tap water.

Excellent, so they sell stuff that comes bubbling up out of the ground for free to rich idiots on the other side of the world and then build a mains water system with the money. Pretty neat idea, hunh?

6 thoughts on “More Bottled Water Nonsense”

  1. You present no evidence for your assertion that the company selling the bottled water has built a main water infrastructure. As far as I know this has never happened.

  2. How much of the money is being reexported from Fiji?

    What actually happens is this:
    – valuable natural resource that a priori belongs to everyone or noone
    – group of cronies steal resource, usually through regulatory lobbying
    – share in resulting rentier profits

    There is a benefit to fijians in the form of job creation (or is that a cost?), but it’s a small proportion of the total value.

    The environment minister’s statement is still silly though.

  3. Jason, it is not the company’s job to build mains water infrastructure, any more than it is Royal Dutch Shell’s job to provide us with free petrol or Anglo-Gold’s job to provide Africans with free jewellery.

  4. “You present no evidence for your assertion that the company selling the bottled water has built a main water infrastructure. As far as I know this has never happened.”

    But there must be some mistake, because the entire world economy runs on a barter system.

    Why don’t we invent a thing called “money”, which can be exchanged for goods and services. Then we could provide goods and services to one set of people, take the money, and “spend” it on another set of goods and services, ones we need. That way, the Fijians could “buy” the water infrastructure they needed..

    Hang on a minute. We *do* have money. I clean forgot! If the Fijians don’t have a water infrastructure, it could be for many reasons. Maybe they’d prefer a food-growing infrastructure first. Maybe they prefer plasma TVs to water. Maybe they have a Government that insists on taking all decisions for its population, and decided that an army and a colourful flag draped over all Government buildings is preferable to a water infrastructure.

    The lesson to learn here is that it’s probably better not to have such a Government in Britain, which is why we should tell Phil Woolas to fuck off and pelt him with empty bottles of water. Preferably glass ones.

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