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Rigged Rules and Double Standards Book - early notes
 

  Notes of meeting with official in a badly run country who wants a book about "rigged rules & double standards" written by one of the aid agencies like Oxfam, at their golf club over lunch.

First course steak

The county council budget + local health budget are a personal matter, he says.
The need for national insurance is not a fit subject to mention to a senior official, nor any kind of welfare state in Zimbabwe.

If a tariff protects a welfare state in another country, that should be removed; it is an injustice against sweatshop owners like himself and their need for workers in badly run countries to remain poor. In that sense, poverty is also caused by unjust EU tariffs he says. Generally poverty is caused by everyone in the world but him.

Poverty beyond the golf club windows and the Mercedes is caused by people in the past, not present corruption that pays for the Mercedes out of the county council budget. Corruption is not a fit subject to mention to a senior official.

Public services at home are subsidised by something called "The North", or donors. He sees them as a kind of giant cow to be milked by "The South", which is him.

Poverty is caused by insufficient donations from the North: he doesn't just want unfair competition, he wants donations too. But not too much education - that will only make the staff start asking for things. Maybe a faith charity can provide primary education, as long as they teach piety and don't mention condoms or secondary schools for girls.

(Asked for more detail about "The North", it contains impossible wealth and cartoon characters who go to catwalks to see fashion shows of luxury goods. This man has been to Harrods so he knows).

Pudding: Non Tariff Barriers - more stuff for the "rigged rules and double standards" book I have to write.

Bangladesh already has zero-tariff access to European markets to boost development.
That is an injustice too. If you are in Bangladesh, it requires a need for adjustment payments to cope in case some other country is awarded a zero tariff. The logic of special pleading goes on and on, asking for more money at the end of each paragraph.

Some goods are over-produced. There is a glut. That effects the terms of trade unfairly and is a cause of poverty. Please send money.

Some goods produced at home are not as described, fit for purpose, or to EU standards causing legal disputes. That is an unfair non-tariff barrier. Legal difficulties would never halt important business at home. Please send money.

Export subsidies. EU governments might not care, but producers in the EU can sometimes just afford a case under anti-dumping legislation before they go bust because a third world government pays export subsidies. This is a non-tariff barrier and requires compensation for legal costs and lost sales from "the north".

Import subsidies. EU governments have already given grants to the likes of Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Ethical Fashion Forum to promote our goods. We'd like a tax break for small firms who import "ethical fashion", just as the big companies avoid tax by making their profits in a tax haven so it's not much to ask, is it?

Consumer boycotts. EU consumers sometimes boycott products on ethical grounds, such as products made from killing cows in India. This is a non tariff barrier. Please send money in compensation. And launch a "sponsor a cow" campaign like those "send a goat to Africa" campaigns that you do: we need the cows to make more luxury leather goods.

Human rights. These are not fit for conversation: the interview is at an end. Please pay for our steak and chips on the way out.

Note to self: put this on expenses as head office says I have to write a book supporting the ideas. The one that's going to be called "Rigged Rules and Double Standards : Trade, Globalisation, and the Fight Against Poverty." Will anyone realise that the "Rigged Rules & Double Standards" title is sarcastic? I'll get my boss Penny Fowler to write the chapter about the UK just to stay out of trouble. Will I get a lift back in the Merc?



Coming back to this in early 2002: The EU commission weren't taken-in but our Vietnamese & African backers liked to see us making their points and there is someone called Lejeune bigging-up my book even more.
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