That Oxfam staff have been involved in activities they should not have been seems to be a given but let’s not be taken in by the right wing propagandists who have latched onto these misdemeanors to attack a charity and indeed a charitable sector that often says and does things the right and the rich and powerful do not like.
There are politicians in UKIP, the Tories and indeed even in the Labour Party who want to reduce or even stop the UK’s foreign aid provision – they will undoubtedly also be Brexiters in the main who can’t see beyond their isolationist boundaries.
The Government should be supporting Oxfam to get its house back in order, instead it has let loose the hard Brexiters as attack dogs bolstered by more than a little savaging from the press.
As I have said time and time again, we live in very dangerous times where the official opposition is on the same page as our Bluekip/DUP Government over Brexit. This means that all kinds of hard won rights and government policies we should be proud of, such as helping countries that are in desperate need of help, are at huge risk as our very way of life is being unpicked before our eyes.
Yes some foreign aid is not well spent and yes some of it is siphoned off by despots but that’s not a reason to pull up the draw bridge and man the barricades of the White Cliff’s of Dover! It’s a reason to redouble our efforts to target foreign aid better. Anyone who supports reducing or stopping out foreign aid is simply asking for more refugee problems, more global conflict and more starvation pictures on our TV screens.
So when you hear politicians attack Oxfam just think for a moment why they are doing it because it is likely to be right wing populism, with sprinkling of Little Englander and a possibly a dose of fascism too.