…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I assume that our readers are familiar with the so called Nigerian scam, and I further assume that none had ever fallen a victim to it. Our readers would be too smart for that, something that can’t be said about Western governments.
The Western, nominally democratic governments are in thrall of irrational sentimentality and are mercilessly manipulated by the unscrupulous, and sometimes by the naïve. In December 2012 I wrote about the collection of money for water in Africa in The well dug well. Recently the same throw-away magazine, where I saw that water self-congratulating editorial, waxed lyrical about money for toilets, yes, naturally, in the fashionable Sub-Saharan Africa. A person had pledged to sit on a toilet in a draughty warehouse refusing to move until he had raised enough pre-orders to start production. The business is called Who Gives a Crap; the name perhaps inspired by the teachers’ unions campaign [Who Gives a Gonski], designed to provide Australian union officials with the comfortable, stress-free living in perpetuity. Who knows who will benefit from Who Gives a Crap?
Since allegedly 2.5 billion people either do not have access to a shovel or are unable or unwilling to use the same – somebody has to shoulder the white man’s burden – a twenty-first century white man from Australia to the rescue! I will leave it to you to ponder how incredibly racist it is to imply that black people, proud, independent and self-governed for over a half of a century, can’t manage such a simple task as digging a toilet.
In fifty hours the business raised more than $50,000. The soft-in-mind, feel-good sentimentalists paid voluntarily. However, on somewhat larger scale, the Nigerians, or rather certain Nigerians get money for their space program from the unwilling British taxpayers:
„Britain giving millions of pounds to Nigeria while it embarks on a space programme is a ‘sensible investment’, the government insisted today.
The oil-rich country, which has accepted £300million from Britain in aid this year alone, has set in train ambitious plans to launch its own rockets and even put a man into space.
…The first Nigerian astronauts are being trained to join Russian, Chinese or American missions within the next two years.
At the same time the UK taxpayer is sending £1.14billion in foreign aid to the country over the five years of the Coalition.
… International Development Secretary Justine Greening said, ‘We do expect them to invest in their country as well. The so-called space programme was in fact investment in satellites, weather satellites and for communication. So actually this investment that they’re making in the so called “space programme” which is actually satellite technology, some of which is actually has been provided by UK companies based in Surrey, is a sensible investment…“
I did not know that you needed astronauts in weather satellites.
“Nigeria’s space programme started in 2003 but its first satellite lost power and disappeared from orbit. It now has three in space, NigComSat-1R, NigeriaSat-2 and Nigeria-Sat X, the first to be constructed by Nigerian engineers. Although it has bought its own satellites and launched on Russian rockets, Nigeria has built laboratories which it hopes will produce its own space craft by 2028. The National Space Research and Development Agency confirmed Nigerian astronauts should be trained and ready for space travel within two years.
Critics last week asked why Britain was, in effect, subsidising a space programme for a nation where 70 per cent of people live below the poverty line.
The £1.14billion Nigeria will receive over the five years of the Coalition is double the £500million set aside to prop up struggling accident and emergency departments at our own hospitals. …
Despite Nigeria having the second-highest national income of all African countries, most of its people still live in poverty. It is also mired in corruption. The most modest estimates suggest between £2.5 and £5billion is stolen from the state’s coffers every year by corrupt officials and politicians. …
The country has also been criticised for failing to crack down on corruption. The only senior figure from Nigeria to have been prosecuted over corruption in recent years was jailed by a British court.
James Ibori, the former governor of the country’s oil-rich Delta state, was sentenced to 13 years for money laundering, forgery and fraud totalling nearly £50million. He used the money to live a lavish lifestyle, buying a house in London worth £2.25million and luxury cars worth over £650,000.
Last night a spokesman for the Department for International Development said spending aid money in Nigeria would help cut crime and illegal immigration in Britain.“ [Daily Mail - It is ‘sensible’ for Britain to send £1billion in aid to Nigeria which wants to join the space race, ministers insists]
Someone could say that this was a racist and a politically incorrect statement. Perhaps she will get hauled before one of many British Human Rights commissars.