Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dear Secretary of State ... A modest proposal for Andrew Mitchell

Iain Dale has rightly taken up the shocking case of Malawian same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga who have been jailed for holding an engagement ceremony with the new Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell. I'm glad he's done so. Although Dale shies away from demanding an "ethical foreign policy", not unreasonably pointing out that "we live in a world of 'realpolitik' where we have to deal with people we would rather not", he makes a good point when he says, "we don't have to give money to regimes which have intolerable moral outlooks, and use these to punish their own people."

Accordingly, I respectfully submit my own proposal to Andrew Mitchell:

Dear Secretary of State,

Why don't you defund UNFPA?

Sincerely,

Red Maria.

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