Tuesday, January 04, 2005

So many idiots, so little time

But at least the moonbats at the Independent (UK) have collected a bunch of them in one spot - Could the tsunami disaster be a turning point for the world?
As the international aid effort grows and George Bush launches a fresh appeal, we ask politicians and commentators if 2005 might see a new determination to tackle global poverty.
And the relationship to tsunami relief is what, exactly? If developed countries were hit by a tsunami, wouldn't they need help too?

Western capitalism demands that people must be impoverished. I cannot think that anything will change this year, because we are the ones who have made the world the way it is. I don't believe in altruism.
Gosh, offensive and stupid.
TONY BENN, Former cabinet minister

It may make people realise that the UN needs to be well-equipped and funded. If people diverted money from weapons and war, we have the technology and money to be able to help - if we decide to do that.
Good ole Tony never changes.
STEPHEN TINDALE, Executive director, Greenpeace

It seems churlish to say it, but while it's relatively easy for most of us to give £50, it would be much harder for us to make the changes in our modern lifestyles that are needed if we are to move to a fairer world.
OK Stevie! I won't donate to Greenpeace in the future. Of course, I don't now.

On an individual level, it is not just about what we are prepared to give, but what we are prepared to give up. Having left Afghanistan and Iraq in their wake, can our leaders be trusted to fight a war on poverty?
Rory is always a source of laughs - on him.