July 10th, 2005


Just in

Back from dancing.  It's 4:10 in the morning and it's already getting light outside.

Anyone calling me before midday deserves everything they get...

Little bit of politics

There seems to be this general misunderstansding that the G8 is a small group of men who make lots of decisions about the future of the world, Illuminati-style.

It isn't.

The G8 is a group of countries: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canda and Russia.

If you're a citizen of any of these countries then the G8 is _you_.  Your democratically elected representative is the person who was there, meeting with other democratically elected representatives, to push for things on behalf of their nation.

I have a complete failure to understand people who are pushing for an abolition of the G8 - what exactly are they looking for?  Are they wanting a group which includes more countries?  There is one - it's called the United Nations.  Are they fed up with these 8 countries being so rich?  Then pushing for more aid to other countries and a lowering of trade barriers seems to be the logical answer (which is what the Make Poverty History campaign was doing, with a fair amount of success).  Either that or donating some of their own money to Africa.  The amount being pushed for at the moment is 0.7% of the budget - I already give more than that much of my income to charity, albeit not African aid charities, but I wonder how many people are pushing for more aid who don't.

Anyway, I have an almost complete lack of empathy for those people who seem to want to destroy some kind of mythical overlord system, without any clear idea of what it even is, let alone of how to organise things without allowing the heads of democratic nations to meet and talk about how to increase aid and help the starving.