hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Well, I've been quite harsh on David Cameron, and I still am a great admirer and "supporter" of Gordon Brown in the upcoming UK election (my support plus a $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee), but apparently I was wrong about Cameron. If, as in this article by David Cameron and Jeffrey Sachs, Cameron is willing to sign his name to these two paragraphs:



Koraro is powerful evidence of how women can hold the key to development in some of the world's poorest countries – in education, enterprise, micro-finance and healthcare. Investing in women pays dividends throughout the entire community. So how can we put women at the heart of our vision for international development?

First, the UK needs to meet our moral commitment to increase spending on aid to 0.7 per cent gross national income. But this investment has to go hand-in-hand with greater transparency, ensuring the money reaches the people who need it most. A Conservative government will create an independent aid watchdog and publish every item of aid spending online, so that the performance and impact of development policies are transparent to taxpayers in Britain and to people in the developing world.

then Cameron & Osborne really can claim, with some justification, to be a different kind of Conservative, on this issue at least.

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