"The West only manages to live at such a high standard because its resource base is the whole planet, not just where we happen to live. We luxuriate in the goods of others, who go short" -- Edmund Davey, Tamworth, England (in a letter to The Independent, London, 2 Nov).
Our friend Tony Blair has been doing fine since we last parted company. He has got his Kabul, Kandahar was on the way at the time of writing, and he was only waiting for Osama to be delivered -- dead or alive.
The massacre of 400 or so Taliban prisoners of war at Qalsi Janghi in which British and American special forces participated, has not affected even a "t" of the Geneva Convention. Welcome to the brave new "War for Enduring Freedom".
Now, before Blair disappears with the Geneva Convention, let's pin him down to his promise to Africa:
"Encouraging investments; and access to our markets so that we practise the free trade we are so found of preaching," he said in that famous speech in Brighton on 3 October.
So Blair knows that they don't practise the free trade they preach? And that Africa doesn't have "access" to their markets? And they have been preaching globalisation for donkeys of years! And he is surprised that "the state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world"?
Edmund Davey of Tamworth says it much, much better: "The West only manages to live at such a high standard because its resource base is the whole planet, not just where we happen to live. We luxuriate in the goods of others, who go short."
Before I go further, please let me introduce Cherie Booth, QC, and the wife of Tony Blair. She recently answered questions from readers of The Independent (London), published on 3 November. Two of her answers were particularly poignant, given what her husband has been saying of late about Africa:
Q: Describe the best time of your college life at LSE [London School of Economics].
Cherie Booth: "Being able to have a bath every day instead of just a bath once a week as we did at home! I still love nothing better than a hot bath with lots of bath oil -- even now.
Q: What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?
Cherie: "If I had not been lucky in my own education, then I would probably have never become a lawyer. My grandmother and mother both worked in shops in Liverpool, so I suppose I might have done that. It is only because of the reforms brought in by the Attlee government that people from families such as mine have been able to develop their frill potential."
Today Cherie Booth can have 20 baths a day if she so...