The most common response to this complaint is the current terms can\’t go on, because Easyjet and Ryanair pay their staff much less. And it\’s not fair if some people are being treated horribly, so the answer is to treat everyone horribly and then no one feels bad. Maybe charities should work like this. Oxfam could go to Mozambique and say, \”So you\’re living on a bowl of rice a day are you? Well in Somalia they\’re living on half a bowl of rice a day, so we\’re taking half your rice away you greedy pigs.\”
Um, sadly, yes, that\’s pretty much what Oxfam do do.
You\’re on £15 k a year are you? Struggling to put baked beans on the table for the kids?
Excellent, so the government should tax you to send money and food to Somalia where they don\’t even have any baked beans.
And, as reports yesterday showed, that food and money ends up in the hands of the militias and various jihadist groups.
As Peter Bauer said all those years ago: foreign aid is the process of taking money from poor people in rich countries to give it to rich people in poor countries.