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Dropping the neutron bomb of excuses

From Hansard:

"Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon) (Lab): When he expects the consultation on options for access to the island of St. Helena to conclude......As my hon. Friend is aware (Yeah, right. C), Swindon has the largest St. Helena community outside London.

(sundry interventions, equivocations etc)

Mr. Mitchell: Does the Minister not understand that Ministers’ handling of this matter has been shameful, as the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Meg Munn), the respected former Foreign Office Minister, has eloquently explained? The people of St. Helena are British citizens, so do we not have a duty to them to resolve this issue? Is not it time that he and his colleagues got a grip?

Mr. Foster: At a time of global downturn, we are talking about 50 million people around the world being unemployed. An extra 90 million people will earn less than $1.25 a day, and it is expected that an extra 3 million children will die as a result of the global downturn. We have to take all those circumstances into account when making a decision about spending the amount of money that we are talking about on an airport for St. Helena.

So in other words, Foster is using the 'eat up your sprouts - think of the starving children in Africa' rationale for this area of government inaction. I anticipate a lot more of this in the future.

The inaction over St Helena actually has a lot more to do with a certain PM being an obsessive micro manager, as noted previously.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 2:06 pm

So why is the Labour government spending money on skoolsnospitals in the UK where people earn more than $1.25 a day? Why does the government not just confiscate all our wealth and ship it to Africa?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:12 pm

Indeed. In trying to be clever, the minister has been very foolish.  



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