Fun, isn’t it?

Egypt’s political prisoners have little hope – and the west must share the blame
Jack Shenker
My friend Karim Medhat Ennarah is among the many victims of a dictatorship reliant on western financial and political support

If we give money to Third World tyrants and fuck ups then we’re responsible for their fuck ups and oppressions.

If we don’t give money to Third World tyrants and fuck ups then we’re responsible for the fuck ups and oppressions because we’re being mean neoliberal capitalists.

7 thoughts on “Fun, isn’t it?”

  1. Given that we spent 1.8% of GDP on the one single item of killing the slave trade and only 0.7% on absolutely every bit of foreign aid today, spending to help foreigners is on a steep downward trend, may as well hurry it along to zero.

  2. The government foreign aid budget should be zero. Governments are for doing collectively what we cannot do individually. We can give foreign aid individually ergo government shouldn’t do it.

  3. We can give foreign aid individually ergo government shouldn’t do it.

    We do. And far more than 0.7% of GDP last time I bothered to look.

    The most egregious part of the treaty that obliges us to spend 0.7%+ of GDP on projects like the Indian space programme or the Ethiopian Spice Girls is the part that says only government spending counts, not private.

  4. To me, the only justification for foreign aid is to bribe the foreigners to do what we want.

    So what does the UK want to bribe the Gyppos to do. Surely NOT to release all those political prisoners so Sisi can dump them on Britain. But I imagine that’s what the Guardian has in mind.

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