Magazine article The Spectator

Fair Trade Gives You a Warm Cosy Glow, Free Trade Delivers the Goods

Magazine article The Spectator

Fair Trade Gives You a Warm Cosy Glow, Free Trade Delivers the Goods

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May Day in the City brings the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, to St Mary Le Bow in the name of fair trade. His diocesan adviser for social justice explains that the churches are joining together under the banner of JustShare. There will be songs of praise for global economic justice in St Botolph, Bishopsgate, and stalls in Guildhall Yard selling fairly traded tea and coffee. JustShare, whose backers stretch from the Baptist Union to the Manna Society by way of the Christian Socialist Movement, has a sweeping programme: `Control capital, cancel the debt, invest ethically, transform the World Trade Organisation, protect the earth.' I am not sure how far I agree with any of this. I wonder who would be controlling the capital and why they should know any better than the people who provide it and the people who accept it. …

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