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The Independent View: Poverty can and must be made history

Ten million people bought Make Poverty History campaign armbands in 2005. Some would hold that voters give development issues a low priority. But those armbands showed that a lot of voters care.

More and better aid, debt relief and trade justice were the demands of campaigners. Five years later, how is the government doing? Brilliantly if you fall for Labour’s spin. Mediocre if you analyse the facts.

An OECD report says that Britain is expected to devote 0.56% of national income to development aid this year. That hides a few things. The government arrives at this figure by including …

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  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 14th Jul - 4:01pm
    @Glenn If we could reply on people not behaving like this https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/14/video-of-drunken-brits-maskless-in-magaluf-appals-spaniards you might (only might) be able to make a better case.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 14th Jul - 3:54pm
    @Glenn So, give us the figures. How many countries did NOT perform any form of lockdown? Even your mates in Sweden didn’t indulge in a...
  • User AvatarGlenn 14th Jul - 2:58pm
    So no difference between places that did lockdown and those that didn't, but we're still going to pretend that we're saving the country by destroying...
  • User AvatarBarry Lofty 14th Jul - 2:47pm
    As someone who escaped my secondary modern school in nineteen hundred and frozen to death as did my wife, we vowed to try and give...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 14th Jul - 2:24pm
    This is NOT a competition! Comparing countries surely only works if statistics are compiled in exactly the same way in EVERY country. I would add...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 14th Jul - 1:59pm
    @ JoeB "At full employment, current spending (including depreciation) should be financed by tax receipts and investment spending financed by long-term bond issues." There's a...