Tony Blair, speaking today at the Commission for
"There can be no excuse, no defence, no justification for the plight of millions of our fellow beings in
Africatoday. There should be nothing that stands in our way of changing it. That is the simple message from the report published today."
Well, indeed. Who could argue with the facts? It is indeed a "stain on our conscience" as Blair (or was it Gordon Brown?) said some time ago. The life expectancy in
For those of you who don't know, the CAP is the ludicrous, Kafkaesque mechanism that subsidises European farmers. It ensures that a certain level of output is maintained, regardless of whether or not that particular amount of output is required. The CAP was designed to guarantee that enough food is produced in
So for the politicians discussing ways to help Africa in a permanent way, there is an immediate solution staring them in the face: kill the CAP and instead give the £30 billion as development aid. This would be better than a thousand Live Aids or Comic Relief days. Sure it will piss off some French farmers, but they're French - they're going to be pissed off about something whatever happens. Make them compete like everyone else. I've never understood why agriculture should be singled out for government assistance anyway. Let's stop flooding the third world with our cheap surplus produce and give them a chance to compete. Perhaps then parts of