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In today’s ToryDiary, we have this report:

Cameron appointed to create new era of hard-headed, pro-market UN development policies

Pro-market UN development policies?  Sounds like an oxymoron (pun not intended!) to me!  But there actually is some encouraging items in this article:

The Millennium Development goals sound like and in some ways are congruent with Agenda 21 (Note number seven below) and here they are:

At present, the goals are:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development

Sounds great but the UN is clueless on bringing them about.  So perhaps they ahve turned to a center-right politician to do it.  To actually come up with new goals.  And the PM wants to use the free market to bring them about:

The paper [The GVuardian] quotes a “Government source” as saying:

“We want to refocus the goals to put economic development at the heart. The current goals focus on kids’ right to education, levels of infant mortality and so on. They are fine, but does an exclusive emphasis on them really help development? What about new goals to give people property rights or economic rights? Andrew Mitchell thinks there needs to be a better debate about what drives development, and that economic factors need to be given much greater weight than they are right now in the current millennium development goals.”

I like what I am hearing.  But will the globalists allow it?  Or will David Cameron be compromised?  The issue with the UN is often sovereignty and rights such as the right to bear arms.  I do not get a warm fuzzy when I read a story like this:

David Cameron: “There is no doubt abuse is taking place” with the wealthy avoiding tax by giving to charities

Here’s the video of the Prime Minister calling for an alternative minimum tax (thanks to the Guardian):


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What?  It is “abuse” for people to give to charity to avoid (legally) income taxes?  Makes me wonder about a politician tasked to chair a UN development committee.  We’ll see…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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