I was watching the media coverage of the terrible consequences of the Java earthquake and feel so sorry for all those who have either lost loved ones or who have been hurt by this natural disaster.
But I have a problem with the UK Government giving £3million in Aid, with a promise of millions more to come. From my perspective, this kind of Government Aid is morally wrong.
It merely allows politicians to posture as being ever so enlightened and oh-so-caring when in fact all they are doing is spending OUR money! I believe that acts of charity should come from the individual, not from Nanny the State. I think that the State giving financial aid to whom it wishes is demeaning to the general populace and devalues the act itself
The US has a great record of private charitable donations to all kinds of causes and this exceeds anything the US Government gives. From my point of view this is a much better model than the Statist "Government will give Aid on your behalf" mantra that pervades in Europe and here in the UK. If people sincerely care so much about a given catastrophe, let them give to it more directly. Why do they rely on Government to do their charitable acts for them?