Poverty porn

Poverty Porn

Crikey; here we go again. Oxfam spits out a press release about ‘inequality’ and the Dompost breathlessly regurgitates it as front-page news. It’s outright poverty porn, pure sanctimonious self-aggrandisement on behalf of a ‘charity’ that managed to get itself banned from Haiti last year. Now that takes a lot of doing.

It wasn’t the sad fact that large numbers of Oxfam’s little helpers were involved in child-sex trafficking in the country that angered Haiti so much as the fact the prostitution racket was known about at the very top of the organisation who took pains to cover the issue up. ‘Nothing to see here, madam. Move along’.

Now they want to hector us about morality? The morality of inequality? Sheesh. There’s inequality in many things, including charities. The top 10% of charities in the UK receive as much as the bottom 90% combined. That particular inequality doesn’t bother Oxfam one jot because they’re in the top ten, returning $173M NZD equivalent from trading activity alone and a massive $780.6M NZD overall in just the last financial year.

I doubt that Graeme Hart, who Oxfam imply is obscenely wealthy, could match that, yet Oxfam argues that Mr Hart’s money should be taken from him and given to the less well-off. quote

Le Mesurier wants to see the Tax Working Group impose greater taxes on wealth 

” […] why are we one of the few OECD countries that don’t have a wealth tax?
“What we are actually saying is that the tax working group look at capital gains tax. We know the Minister has asked them to look at the kind of tax regimes that could do more on this.”

Le Mesurier said that the Prime Minister would be meeting with Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima at Davos this week

Stuff

Here’s a challenge Oxfam. How about you lead by example? How about taking, say 10% of your last year’s revenues, a mere $78M NZD, and split it with the really struggling but very worthy charities of the UK, or New Zealand or maybe Haiti? I look forward to hearing Oxfam agree to spread their magnificent wealth, but believe me, I’m not going to hold my breath.

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