Thursday, March 28, 2013

Letter to Rt. Honourable Oliver Letwin (UK Aid)

Dear Mr. Letwin,

I am of course pleased that Britain is setting some kind of example in tackling the gross injustice and imbalance between the very poorest and the very rich. We have children and grandchildren and the thought that any child faces famine, starvation and endemic suffering is frankly intolerable and a condemnation of every government in the world, all of whom could have and still should, do far more to resolve once and for all, this blight on us all.

There is no more serious problem in the world and it has ever been thus. We have had millennia to get to grips with this inhumanity and have failed abysmally and continue to do so. Resolving these fundamental issues of hunger, famine, poverty and universal education requires a much deeper sense of humanitarian values than is currently exhibited globally by politicians, bankers and business. Every level of society should be and must be engaged in finding solutions.

These solutions are absolutely critical for the entire future of mankind and our planet. Without them we cannot hope to resolve the problems of overpopulation which is placing such a strain on the World's resources. As we have seen in the industrialised world, the eradication of severe poverty has very significantly reduced the number of children per family in two or three generations. My grandmother was one of thirteen children. I am on of four and most families now have no more than two children.

Exceptional leadership is required to bring about a consensus amongst leaders everywhere that a complete re-orientation of direction and resources is obligatory. Military spending has got to be reduced across the globe and the resources transferred to fighting poverty. Unnecessary investment in white elephant prestige projects must be replaced by projects that will make a real difference to the lives of millions. Every corporation must contribute more to their local communities on whom they depend for labour and infrastructure. Capitalism must find it's conscience. If this is done bridges will be built around the world between nations and the need for big military spending rendered unnecessary as we breakdown that which divides us and unite in a common and worthy destiny. Old enmities will be replaced by new friendship and so on.

I am sure you understand all this perfectly well but so far those in power have failed to translate understanding into action. It is not enough to make empty political promises or gestures. Much, much more than that is needed. Will your government be the first in history to make a real difference?


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