Yet more weaponised Gibsmedat at Katowice

Caption: “And then I said we need more money to fight climate change”. Photo: Unati Ngamntwini/AFP/Getty Images.

For much of the 20th century, African nations have milked European guilt over colonialism, coupled with the Cold War race to win the ?Third World?, into an endless river of gold that mostly poured straight into the Swiss bank accounts of brutally corrupt dictators. The results were obvious: for most African nations, post-colonial GDP per capita trended steadily downward while much of the rest of the world surged ahead.

While post-colonial guilt (which never seems to consider that Europeans were not only usually just the last and most successful colonisers, but also the first empires in history to decide en masse that colonialism was immoral) is still regularly used to bludgeon critics into silence, mendicant African nations have hit on a new scam: climate guilt.

The ?gibsmedat? mentality is being weaponised via climate doom-mongering. Quote:

Australia has registered 30 delegates for the UN climat?e talks in Katowice but for carbon fly miles has been dwarfed by African nations, some of which have sent hundreds of people to the Polish winter summit.

An analysis of delegates by Carbon Brief found Guinea topped the list with 406 delegates, down 86 from last time. The Democratic Republic of Congo is second, with 237. Host nation Polan?d is third, with 211 delegates, followed by Ivory Coast, whose delegation this year has more than halved to 208 people. Indon?esia is in fifth place, with 191. End of quote.

So, while even the usually avid-jetsetters of the climate scare seem a bit put off by the prospect of wintering in Poland, African grifters are still eagerly lining up with their hands out. Quote:

While some African countries give delegate tickets to non-governm?ental organisations, the make-up gives an indication of how important they consider the talks for securing development and mitigation funds. End of quote.

Well, that free money isn?t just going to hand itself out. Quote:

The Paris process was kickstarted in Durban, South Africa. At that meeting there was deep anger from African nations that the developed world had used the global carbon budget to prosper.

This is why climate funding to help ?developing countries make the transition to a low-carbon future? remains a central issue in the climate talks. End of quote.

In other words, the West used its ingenuity to build the most prosperous, stable nations in history, while a conga-line of African dictators brutally subjugated their people and grew fat on handouts.

Now, they want more handouts.

Despite all this, I have tremendous faith in Africa or at least parts of it. Some African states are surging ahead ? even if from a decidedly low base, and, too often, relying on the poisoned chalice of Chinese money.

Nonetheless, I suspect that the 21st century will eventually be seen as the African Century ? if the continent can master its main obstacles. Firstly, exporting its young to the welfare states of Europe, rather than encouraging them to stay home and build their own countries. Secondly, falling back into the ?gibsmedat? mentality of trying to bilk guilt-money out of Western nations who?ve already done the hard yards of developing.

If Africa learns to catch its own fish, it will prosper.