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).
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
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.
to self: put this on expenses as head office says I have
a book supporting the ideas. The one that's going to be
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?