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What Are TV Charity Events Really About?

Red Nose Day today. A whole night of BBC dedicated to making us feel miserable, in between chunks of comedy. All to raise millions for needy people, a fine and noble cause for sure. But I'm just not right with what I saw tonight. For a few reasons:
  1. The endless video of sick, malnourished and neglected children, with appropriate music and exquisite editing, is all about making the viewer feel guilty. Guilt is not a positive emotion and should not be encouraged. Even when in the name of charity.
  2. It's almost as if it's our fault that these poor kids are so messed up, so we need to donate money and make amends. Wrong. It's our governments, world trade organisations and massive corporations that have ruined entire continents. Our donations will make a difference to people's lives, but are only a drop in the ocean of tears.
  3. So many 'celebrities' enjoy primetime exposure from Red Nose Day and all the other eventethons. They might be singing their new song or looking for a way back on to TV. Clearly they enjoy direct financial benefit as a result of the shows, deserving it for having to live in a hotel near an African slum for a week. And I bet half of them are coked out of their heads.
  4. As long as the global financial system is controlled by a few countries, to the detriment of all the rest, huge and shocking poverty will continue to thrive. A night of mixed message TV is not going to help. Maybe it even makes things worse.


European Union Colonialists are Morally Bankrupt

It can't be overstated how important and momentous are the popular uprisings against the dictatorships and monarchies of North Africa and the Middle East. While we all feel an urge to support the revolutions, history must teach us that meddling is wrong. After all, many of the leading European Union powers, such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the Netherlands caused most of the problems in the modern world, with their colonialist policies that pillaged continents and imposed friendly dictators. The United States has, in the last half-century, taken this bankrupt policy to new heights, with massive military and diplomatic support for the dictators of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and many more oil-rich or Israel-friendly puppets.

So, while America is rightly staying out of the revolutions, Europe seeks to meddle, with David Cameron fantasising about using British forces in Libya while Gadaffi uses French jets to bomb his own people. It's pathetic and it exposes EU Foreign Policy (led by an unelected British woman) as a shambolic fantasy that can never happen, as all the world sees it as still more colonialist meddling for the EU's gain. I really don't know if Ireland, a disgraced and impoverished vassal of EU/US banking scams, can ever really influence international affairs at an EU level, but it would be a good start to call for EU foreign policy to be defined primarily by those nation states that have never colonised.