Magazine article The Spectator

Lord of Works

Magazine article The Spectator

Lord of Works

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Sir: Your profile of Lord Malloch-Brown was grossly unfair ('Labour's lord of the perks', 10 November). I have known him since 1979 when, at the age of 26, he built and ran the Khao I Dang refugee camp in Thailand. Over 100,000 Cambodian refugees had reason to be very grateful for his superb work.

Since then he has had a large number of significant international assignments, at the World Bank, the United Nations and elsewhere. He has enormous experience, particularly of the problems of poverty and international development. In recent years he has been very critical of US policies, including towards Iraq. I disagree with these views but they do not make him viscerally anti-American, as is now being claimed.

And so far from being 'the lord of perks', as you allege, he took a big pay cut when he stopped working for George Soros and returned home to join Gordon Brown's administration. …

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