Paul Collier – your article is quite honestly whitewash – 2/10.
I quote from the pdf document – ‘UK Aid: changing lives, delivering results’ – ‘We will help make elections more free and fair in 13 countries with more than 300 million voters’ . Pathetic – there are real workable practical Fraud Proof Voting Systems out there – and you cannot adopt and work with such systems. In extremis, UKAID could develop their own FPVS…. It looks like Mitchell and the political masters Cameron and Clegg have decided that ‘Democracy can be a Dangerous Thing’ (actual quote is from Philip Barclay, FCO, formerly Harare Embassy).
No – the incompetent failures of UKAID are deliberate – UK Gov does NOT want Fraud Proof Elections in the Third World. Money, Resources and Geopolitics are too important to allow that…
The Arabs have a saying ‘If 2 fish are fighting somewhere in the sea, then the British are somehow involved’. Seems like they may be correct….