Yesterday I was in the small town of Glossop in Derbyshire and had just walked out of Costa Coffee with my large cup of cappuccino in my hand. As I walked down the main street heading back to my car I was accosted by one of Oxfam’s street chuggers.
A young woman with that fixed smile on her face (that all chuggers have) approached me and in that over familiar way said something along the lines “oh, you have brought me a coffee”
As I didn’t reply she then asked me what my name was and I responded that I wasn’t in the habit of giving my name to anyone in the street, particularly if I didn’t know them.
She was then obviously going to launch into her “pitch” about the need for funding to support Oxfam projects when I said to her “does Oxfam support any aid projects abroad, particularly Africa and other eastern countries?”
She then said yes and mentioned a project providing water supplies in an African country. My response was to say that I would not contribute to any charity that was spending money abroad when we have such needs in the UK. I pointed out that people were dying of cancer because of lack of research funding, MacMillan Nurses depended on charity, old people were dying because of insufficient income and inability to heat their homes, research into heart disease was dependent on charity yet the UK public were being asked to support “foreign” aid. I stressed that before we start shipping money abroad we should put our own house in order and that the first responsibility was to UK subjects who were in need.
Her face suddenly changed when she realised that the “moral blackmail” approach would not work with me and she said “I don’t want to talk to you anymore about this” and walked of in a strop.
It was obvious that her political agenda was very different from mine and that she was not used to being assertively challenged about the work of Oxfam (Oxfam CEO salary approximately £120,000), hence the attitude and behaviour she displayed.
For anyone who thinks I was being difficult and / or hard hearted just Google “most corrupt countries in the world” and see which countries come up AND how many of them receive aid packages from western countries.