World Debt Day 16 May 2005,

A friend of mine, Frida, wants me to put this letter.


Dear Mr Blair,

I write on World Debt Day, first to thank you for the support that you and your labour party have given to 100% DEBT RELIEF for the poorest countries. The position recently adopted by Britain drew this response from 1 jubilee leader: “What wonderful news!� However, it will not be at all wonderful if you fail to get agreement in July! You have raised enormous expectations among people all over the world and I ask you to do all within your power to make it come true.

I am most concern that Debt relief should really help destitute countries. Jubilee supporters did not raise a petition of 24 million signatures from 166 countries ( a double world record) just to secure debt relief at the expense of aid! We haven’t campaigned for nearly 9 years just to see money is taken out of 1 pocket and put into another! Such an outcome would be the ultimate betrayal of the world’s destitute and would result in great bitterness and disillusionment here in Britain. I support conditions for debt relief where these contribute to poverty eradication, but the damaging and doctrinaire requirements imposed by the IMF must end.

Finally I ask you to give due public prominence not only to world poverty and its dire consequences, but also to our responsibility in these matters. You have issued stark warnings about the dangers of terrorism; please bear in mind, whereas terrorism kills thousands of innocent people each year, absolutely poverty kills millions and ruins the live of billions.

The enforcement of debt repayments, unfair trade rules and miserly aid policies all combine to help maintain and entrench this evil we are responsible for “ economic terror� on a global scale and you could no greater to the world than by stating this eloquently and frequently.

Yours sincerely

Frida Panjaitan
Newcastle upon Tyne

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