Quick Post 47

Taking advantage of an internet cafe in Hoehoe quickly to post this picture. Three days on farms and I still look like a Persil advert. There goes my street cred. Hope to do a post on the work this evening. My driver Peter who tool the photo just suggested there’s more money in the wellington boots than the organic chilli peppers we were working on.


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  • craig

    come to think of it, Ghana exports latex and imports wellington boots. It’s a good illustration…

  • Stephen Jones

    Hopefully the chili peppers are for domestic consumption, and you can fend off imports.

    Wild fluctuations in the cost of chili peppers was one of the main factors in the rash of suicides amongst Indian farmers.

  • Abe Rene

    Japaleno peppers, by all means. I couldn’t get jalapenos in a local un-named supermarket the other day.

    Wellington boots can be hard to get on and off, but what about walking shoes with an hard rubber sole suitable for walking on rough ground or snow? There’s fair trade possibilties there, maybe.

  • Alex T

    Now I feel guilty for growing my own organic chillies – especially as they are three times the size of yours 🙂

  • somebody



    The Wli Falls cascade spectacularly 100ft over a sheer cliff in the range of mountains which separate Ghana from Togo. There is a pleasant walk through the forest to the falls where visitors can see coffee beans, cocoa pods and pineapples growing.

    Many Ghanaians visit the falls to picnic and swim in the pool at the base. So whoops, splashing and laughter resounded around cliff faces. Some of the enterprising locals may offer to shoot the roosting bats from the cliff face around the falls and cook the catch on an open fire for your nourishment and delectation.


    Not so nice for the bats.

  • Iain Orr

    Your driver and photographer is an economist who illustrates his views well. As a historian, you might add reflections on rubber and Empire.

  • Abe Rene

    I can’t resist this suggestion for a spoof caption for the above pic. “The Man from Del Monte is not sure”.

  • Stuart

    Abe your caption is spot on. Craig looks like something out of Randal and Hopkirk Deceased.

    Craig give Peter our love hope business is going well. Maybe a wellie factory will be good business. You could even make croc type boots and designer wellies.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    Indirectly linked to to topic.

    @ Craig,

    The shit that the Africans have experienced with exploitation, brings us to the points of incongruence, where in fact the Whellies ( or is it some other spelling?) are more practical for earnings in the village that what the whole of the Western dominated system has on offer. And they are fully aware of that.

    Lest we forget what is happening in the UK – just consider this:-

    This is how the system really works…

    A. convince the populace that someone ( e.g. Osama), or a country (e.g. Iran) is the enemy.

    B. bleed them with low wages and higher regressive taxation.

    C. then use the tax money collected from them to support the defence industry corporations, because we have to have a system in place that gets us from C back to A, so that we can get back to C. again.

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    The jet was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. Flight trials are due to start next year.

  • somebody

    Mr Barnett – Taranis will never happen. Trident replacements will probably never happen. The ‘system’ is near collapse.

  • glenn

    The comment about exporting latex and importing wellys is a good example of what’s wrong with a lot of struggling countries – they export raw goods and import finished products. If there’s enough demand, it makes a lot of sense to produce at least enough for the home market, and export more of the finished products. A decent import tax on wellies, and a good export tax on latex too, will help the economy a lot.

  • Stephen

    There’s a sort of space alien glow to that shirt. Are you sure you’re not about to be abducted?

  • Richard Robinson

    “If you put a levy on boots, is that a stamp tax?”

    “Hoehoe”, indeed …

    it would be hard on a sole proprietor.

  • Zionist Troll

    Courtenay Barnett: “convince the populace that someone ( e.g. Osama), or a country (e.g. Iran) is the enemy.”

    But bin Laden is the enemy. He gave material and moral support to the 19 Arab-American hijackers who pulled off 911.

  • Iain Orr

    Courteney Barnett

    Your Global Justice website was unable (even though it requested them) to accept my comments. Here they are:

    My comment is really on Courtney Barnett’s postings on Craig Murray’s website. They are generally interesting and grammatical. Would that more were – not just on this and other blogs – in the media, in private e-mails etc.

    Could style and content transform Google from universal protoplasm into the second rung of evolution towards intelligent life?

    I was intrigued to find that the website is based in TCI (not a place I had previously associated with Freedom of Information). Are you related to Brian Manco? What’s your relationship with Michael Misik? What do you think of the Hashed Lobster at the Saltraker Inn? Do you know Michelle Fulford-Gardner?

    Do Salt Cay inhabitants still have more than one vote per person?

    I don’t understand your “Category” question. I am a person -a member of Homo Hopimg to be Sapiens. My website is http://www.biodiplomacy.net

  • Richard Robinson

    But, alas ! the advice comes too late, it’s already a hosted website.

  • Stephen Jones

    ——“Libel reform bill announced:


    Stephen Jones?”——

    The short answer is it won’t make much difference because it doesn’t address the problem.

    The problem is exorbitant legal costs (libel suits are not alone in that).

    There already is a clear public interest defence (the Reynolds defence).

    There’s nothing in the reforms that would have stopped Spicer bullying Craig’s publishers into giving up.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Iain,

    You have asked me a lot of questions, but I will just give some sort of general reply.

    I am a lawyer in practice for almost 30 years. I have argued a multitude of cases in my career. One of the interesting ( and tragic ones) I did earlier this year, involved the shooting death of a 16 year old boy and the police firing 68 shots at my client, who received one bullet that penetrated his arm and exited without hitting the bone. I presently have a case before the European Court of Human Rights.

    Some of those you mention, I know, but not all.

    My work involves substantial private matters and I accept a lot of public interest work as well.

    My interest in world affairs stems from the fact of my having been accepted, post-grad from London University, to read International Relations. I diverted and was called to the British Bar. The rest , stated above, is history, as the saying goes.

    Here is a link to a report in the Times in a case where I was defending the rights of 148 Chinese workers, when I received a death threat: http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/32458,news-comment,news-politics,charles-laurence-lifts-the-lid-on-the-shady-politics-of-a-british-owned-sunshine-isle-in-the-caribbean ( see first paragraph)

    Evidently, I lived to tell the tale ?” that I did not die.

    Life goes on.

    Trust I have answered you.



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