So as Justin Forsyth, a former Labour strategist and now the sharp-suited chief executive of Save The Children says, tough questions need to be asked to ensure the nation gets value for money and ‘it is spent in ways which help the poorest most.’It has emerged that for all their noble talk of helping the needy and emotive campaigns against inequality, senior figures in the poverty industry have been quietly pocketing hefty six-figure salaries – sometimes as they presided over falling donations to their organisations.
Another seven staff got six-figure salaries, one more than the previous year.
Oxfam even pays income taxes in Kenya – although a spokesman said wages were reduced to compensate.
Yet even this pales beside the tax-free shopping and salaries, plus first-class flights, given to staff at bodies such as the World Bank and UN as they flit around the world pontificating on poverty eradication.
If aid worked, all these people would have done themselves out of a job many years ago.