Going that extra mile for his community, Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Clacton since 2005, has made a citizen’s arrest after apprehending a shoplifter in his local Boots store.
Regarded as one of the brightest and most provocative political thinkers of his generation, and described in The Sunday Times as “one of the energetic young Tory modernisers elected to the Commons in 2005”, it appears as though Douglas’s energy isn’t limited to reforming politics in Westminster.
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In MP Douglas Carswell‘s latest column for the Daily Telegraph he explains why, to help develop Africa, we should buy its products rather than giving money to the foreign aid industry.
He opens his article with the points that some charity chiefs have over £15,000 salaries, a figure which has increased over the past few years, whilst research has shown that public donations have gone down.
Reflecting on his childhood in Uganda in the 1970/80s he says, “I am highly sceptical about big Western corporate charities.” Douglas goes on to describe his first-hand experience of the “gap between” claims made by organisations and the reality of what they achieve. Small organisations were helping Ugandans through civil war, invasion and famine until “the big corporate charities decided Uganda would be a great gig.”
Douglas admits that with their huge budgets, it would have been hard for charities not to do some good, however, a lot of money was wasted – “Many development programmes sank without trace in a sea of dollars and wishful thinking.”
Interestingly he notes studies which have shown that there is zero correlation between per capita overseas development assistance and changes in GDP. His example of Uganda also reveals this as the country is now greatly improves “despite, not because of, Western aid”, instead thanks to the number of Ugandans joining the global economy.
Concluding his article Douglas encourages us to help develop Africa by buying “some Kenya roses, Zimbabwe fish, Zambia vegetables.”
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Interesting article in The Telegraph by Conservative MP Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan MEP titled “A new dawn for Parliament?”. Discussing the unlikelihood of the government’s talks of reform becoming a reality and “what has gone wrong”, Douglas and Daniel suggest “But the case for recall and primaries is now surely overwhelming. This isn’t just about restoring the authority of Parliament; it’s about restoring honour and purpose to the act of voting.”
Conservative MP, political reformer and small government campaigner Douglas Carswell‘s latest book “The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy” (Biteback, 2012) describes how the revolution in social networks and technology is changing the relationship between government and the governed. Click here to watch a video of Douglas talking about this book.