His latest, a witty re-write of yesterday's Guardian article on the backtracking by the Department for International Development, is an eye-opener and definitely worth sharing.
Our friend has struck out the flim-flam and replaced it with bold text. This is how he reckons the piece should have read:
Andrew Mitchell soothes
Development secretary Andrew Mitchell last night pledged to boost spending on a broad range of
Responding to a letter signed by five leading
The reassurance came after the five large government-funded interest groups (who received hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money every year) – Oxfam, Christian Aid, Action Aid, Save the Children and Cafod – wrote to Mitchell last week in the wake of a leaked report showing that the Department for International Development (DfID) was planning to scale down drastically the number of entirely pointless spending commitments inherited from Labour.
In their letter, the aid agencies said they accepted his right to hold a strategic review of DfID spending, but not if it affected their jobs, career prospects, or holidays in Tuscany. They added: "We are
They said commitments and targets were vital in
He added: "As this process of reviewing our bilateral, multilateral and humanitarian work unfolds in the months ahead, I envisage
The charities said they were pleased with the outcome of
Meanwhile, the pressure on the development secretary was maintained last night when two complete morons
John Barnes, the former Liverpool football player and no-doubt expert in economics and development, said: "It was only six weeks ago that I was sitting in a Soweto classroom with Andrew Mitchell listening as he told children that education would remain a priority for the UK government. I can do this because I don’t have a proper job, after making so much money out of football that I can just doss around and preach nonsense to the rest of you. I'm surprised and worried that, even after being treated to a nice trip to see “evidence” of some education programme
Bristol City and England goalkeeper David James said: "I'm proud to be a barely-famous face fronting some or other charity that helps me avoid the usual ‘selfish footballer’ image
Gareth Thomas, the shadow development minister, said: "This letter