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Job ad from Oxfam. Here is the whole thing in readiness for the day when the job is filled and this evidence passes into history.

Sorry, no hat tip, don’t remember where I read this.

Senior Press Officer – Climate Change

Date posted:
15/04/10 00:00
Closing date:

Campaigning for action on climate change is Oxfam’s key priority.  It is already happening and it is the world’s poorest that are already feeling it’s effects, even though they are often the least responsible. By joining our press office you will lead the media work in publicising actions to cut emissions, plus the need for money to help people adapt to the impact of climate change.

The role
Leading two press officers, you will plan and implement new media strategies across television, print, radio and online channels.  A major priority will be establishing friendly, open lines of communication with senior journalists and editors. You will make sure they have all the resources – film, photo and audio – that they need to make the most of each story. As team lead you will also monitor and evaluate our climate-related press coverage, and continually adjust your strategies to improve impact. And as a respected authority in media communications, you’ll also give senior colleagues advice on how to best
maintain our public profile.
What we’re looking for
You should be experienced in media relations with a background in both online and offline media. This role requires an experienced team leader, confident decision maker and a strong verbal and written communicator. You will rally your team to achieve bigger and better coverage, and convince major media players to give our stories significant space. As hands-on as you are strategic, you will also recognise the importance of strong teamwork and a can-do attitude. And with up to eight weeks overseas work forming part of your responsibilities, you will be flexible about working hours and travelling at short notice.
About Oxfam
A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There is enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not their problem. It’s ours too. And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we are looking for yours.
To find out more about this role and to apply, and quote ref: C&P515.

Did you know Oxfam was set up in 1942 to campaign for food to be allowed through the Allied blockade into Axis occupied Greece?

I guess one could argue that from day one they were campaigning against our interests, but that could just be mean on my part. Getting involved in famine relief for the last sixty eight years is on the whole a pretty good thing.

From Oxfam UK website:

Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. Doing amazing work. Together. People power drives everything we do. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts. That’s Oxfam in action.


Campaigning for action on climate change is Oxfam’s key priority.

Well, that’s it.

Which do we believe? What they tell the general populace, the source of their funds? Or what they tell their employees? The people at the sharp end.

They don’t just subscribe to this scam, they have internalised it, lock, stock and falsified computer model.

So, what now? For me, for as long as their “key priority” is pissing the generously donated dollars, dinars, shekels and pounds of their dupes into the motley CRU’s fantasy world, not a cent, not a penny, not a sou, not even a single brass razoo, to this claque of wankers.


Update:       Claque of wankers? Enclave of the Righteous maybe? That sound better?


  1. Brian, follower of Deornoth says:

    “claque of wankers”

    I wish I’d thought of that!

  2. TheBigYin says:

    Have you read Holby’s blog about a new law they want to bring in called Ecocide?

    “Supporters of a new ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute “climate deniers” who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change.”

    “Deniers” like me and you could be up on a charge shortly and then spirited away to some EU eco court.

  3. RAB says:

    Been at it 68 years eh? and still not cracked that little ‘ol devil called poverty.Tsk Tsk.

    I never ever give fuckers like these money. If there is a genuine crisis well fair enough.
    I gave to Live Aid, but now I find that most of it went on guns not food. St Bob is hopping mad, thinks it makes him look a fool (doesn’t need any help there!).

    A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There is enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable.

    And of course that simple truth is utter bollocks and shows how little Oxfam understands of Economics.
    They believe that there is a finite amount of wealth to be had and all that is needed is to transfer it from those who have to much to those who have to little, and the problem will be solved.
    The idea that wealth is created is obviously beyond their ken.

    The way to stop poor people being poor is to help them get rich, not by handing over our hard earned cash, but by letting them earn their own. By Globalisation, buying their goods and services. Look what damage the Airplane ban has done to third world countries with their perishable goods rotting in the sun for the want of an airplane to get it to its markets.
    But sanctimonious cunts like Oxfam dont like Globalisation do they? They want to keep the third world down on the sustainable subsistance farm. What a real lifesyle they have! What an example to us all!
    Frankly this is Racism on stilts, but the likes of Oxfam will never see it that way will they?
    As for global warming, well it will be a nice little earner for them wont it? They are all at it. Either WWF or Greenpeace have bought a chunk of third world land somewhere, so far from anywhere that nobody was going to develop it or even go near it, but now they are getting shedloads of Carbon credits for it, that will swell their coffers for the properganda war no end.
    So halt all overseas aid except for direst emergencies I say. Why the fuck for instance, are we giving India Aid money? They are now a rich country, they can afford to put rockets into space, we cant. Let them look after their own.

  4. NickM says:


    “Look what damage the Airplane ban has done to third world countries with their perishable goods rotting in the sun for the want of an airplane to get it to its markets.”

    You shoot, you score. Yet the BBC only sought out the “horror stories” of people who had to take a coach from Prague to Calais.

    As to aid. Guess what thebiggest and most effective source of foreign aid is? It’s Johnny Nigerian and Abdul Bangladeshi working here and wiring money to the folks back home. No bureacracy save for the minimal fee of the transfer, directly targetted, goes without any government getting it’s sticky paws on it… Simples as that annoying meerkat might say.

    Our current approach to the poor nations is profoundly patronising. It is also deeply ironic in that the average gap-year middle-class Brit kid working for an aid agency is probs the sort who regards the age of Empire as deeply patronising to the natives. They don’t realise they are doing exactly the same yet just with more self-delusion.

    I’m with you on India. I am in a good way. Seen the size of their military and how high-tech their airforce is? India is coming up lovely. Fair play to them! It’s wonderful to see such an ancient and deep culture building like they are now.

    Anyway, another five years of Gordoom and we’ll be begging India for aid.

  5. NickM says:

    See post after this one. I call “ecocide”.

  6. Stonyground says:

    At work I run a snack shop for the benefit of my fellow workers. It turns a very small profit and when the little pot gets up to about £30 I make a donation to one or other of the charity shops in the town. The more I become aware of the behaviour of “charities” the more of them I feel the need to strike off as worthy of my support. I don’t want to be contributing to outfits that the government is using to launder money and hide the level of unemployement and I don’t want to contribute to paying someone more than I earn for pushing bloody global warming propaganda.

    Maybe I should just buy myself a new motorbike.

  7. NickM says:

    A most excellent idea!

  8. Kevin B says:

    Africa doesn’t even need global trade to lift itself up by it’s bootstraps. All it needs is property rights and the rule of law to develop an internal market that could see it’s GDP rocket. Then it can trade on equal terms with the rest of the world, (except the EU, obviously. The fucking EU can’t trade on equal terms with anyone.)

  9. RAB says:

    I remember reading about a UN mission to some benighted African hellhole that was to go on a fact finding junket about alleviating poverty, a few years ago.
    The man who was to head the team was an older experienced UNer. Unfortunately just before they were to leave, he had a heart attack and was hospitalised.
    Well it was to late to change arrangements, so the team went as planned. The ones that went though were all young inexperienced new recruits.
    Well they did the usual thing that UN Missions do, picked up their nice white 4×4 Land Rovers at the airport and drove to the five star hotel.
    But what they didn’t do, like normal, was to have a languid breakfast, followed by a dip in the pool or perhaps a game of tennis, followed by a long lunch, then perhaps a spot of fact finding in the afternoon for a few hours.
    No they were young and keen to make a difference, so they got in the Land Rovers and started visiting all the dirt poor villages they could find, asking what can we do for you that will make a difference to your life, how can we make it better?

    Well they got answers like… A well would be great, then we can have safe water, or a generator so the village has light and power, or how about a school building so we can educate our kids out of poverty , perhaps a road so we can get our produce to a port…

    No problem said the eager beavers, easily sorted, and started handing out cheques.

    Well you can guess what happened next cant you? they finished their mission in half the time allotted and went home satisfied that the had done a good job.

    Only to be greeted by the biggest bollocking of all time from their superiors!

    You did what!?? Where are the evaluations, the figures the target diversity estimates? You are not supposed to solve things instantly, these are done by committees here in New York you dolts, they are supposed to take years of careful consideration!
    That mentality is exactly why I dont give these twats any of my money.

    They were really lucky not to be fired on the spot.

  10. CountingCats says:



    Give it another decade and they will be a first world country, for the reasons you give.

  11. greap says:

    Botswana already resembles a first world country in most of the cities (Maun and Gaborone in particular). However they keep on vying with Swaziland (also very first world) for the title of highest rate of HIV infection in the world, at the current rate life expectancy is dropping (since 1995 its down by 20 years) the country will be effectively depopulated in about 30 years.

    Having said that I have been visiting Africa for at least a couple of months a year for the past 6 years and the changes in some of the countries are remarkable. They are all still hideously corrupt (perhaps a good thing in some ways, if you get arrested for drug offences $100 will usually see you on your way) but it seems there are shoots of development almost everywhere (with the exception of some west/central African shit holes like DRC and Angola). One of the most simple examples of this I saw was in Mozambique where they have a single main highway (EN1) which runs the length of the country along the coast, in Jan 08 it was in such poor condition that it was taking 10 hours to make a 400km journey, in Sept 09 the same journey took me under 6 hours.

    I think there are still three massive barriers to trade though. Firstly most of the countries do not allow exportation of local currency and have extremely low limits on importation of foreign currency so most business is done outside the country (if I buy n kg of coal in Malawi the contract and all administration work will be executed in SA), that is going to significantly reduce the growth of the service sector.

    Secondly outside of mining, which is already being exploited relatively well, agriculture is the best market they have but all western markets have huge protectionism in place will makes it nigh on impossible for them to export.

    Thirdly a significant number of currencies are pegged against a western currency (most notably the CFA used in most of western Africa and is pegged 1:1 with the Euro) which makes export difficult. In the case of the CFA it lets them import things from Europe cheaply but it means almost anything they export is too expensive to be competitive.

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