Lessons From Ghana 70


I am off back to work in Ghana for a few weeks next month.

Anyone who believes the crime in England was related to poverty or to race should visit Ghana, where crime is at a low level and society is extremely helpful and supportive. People are much poorer than in the UK yet are not ignorant of the possibilities of western levels of consumption, but they would not dream of seizing them by force, and those few who do have no pro-criminal social milieu in which to shelter.


70 thoughts on “Lessons From Ghana

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  • anno

    This country has spent a thousand years growing unrest by behaving badly to its own people and the people of the whole of the rest of the world. A few birds come back to roost, but the biggest inequality is that the fat-bottomed parties know that the unrest is not going to affect them in their expensive bolt-holes personally.
    Like 9/11 part of me is with the rioters, purely because of the staring bewilderment of stuck-up Cameron and Clegg Eton and Westminster. That post 9/11 USA – style total ignorance of the world around them is more appalling than the violence and theft.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an element of twitter central mobilisation to these riots same as the Arab spring.
    There may be SAS dressed in Arab clothes setting off bombs in Iraq, but there are also plenty people who hate this country living in London on full state benefits dressed as Englishmen!

  • jackflash

    Take sprint to Ghana and save the feral children with angelina jolie while sipping champagne with julian assausage, and don’t forget the rubber bullets incase the local kids get bored of sesame street and decide steal your shoes. godspeed, comrade.
    Shame one couldn’t face up to the damage your political class has done to Britain.

    ps – don’t come back.

  • Nextus

    I’m not sure who your target is exactly, Jackflash. Are you lumping Craig in with the ‘political class’ that he so often speaks out against?
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    FYI, Craig has published articles in the Ghanaian press lambasting the activities of the political class there (for which he subsequently came under fire). Moreover, he transferred ownership of a significant proportion of his private enterprise to its local employees. If this example had been widely followed in Britain, perhaps the press wouldn’t currently be lamenting the mood of rebellion sweeping the alienated proletariat and social underclass who are unable to gain a stake in the economy. .
    Your resentment against the lack of conscience amongst the ruling elites might be more constructively channelled if you actually directed it towards the banksters, corrupt politicians, and exploitative capitalists. God knows there are plenty to choose from.

  • Jan Wiklund

    No, crime has nothing to do with poverty – but it has everything to do with inequality and injustice. See for example Wilkinson & Pickett: The spirit level for figures.

    My mother was brought up in a mountain village where nobody had any money – but she had no idea that people were poor. There were no rich people in sight to compare with. So she was quite happy. Like, I suppose, the Ghanaians. The British underclass who can see the outrageous behaviour of their ruling class is quite another matter.

  • Tarig Anter

    Ghana is on the Threshold of Oil Devastation
    “Into Africa and out of OPEC” – new thinking on oil as Said by: AOPIG (African Oil Policy Initiative Group) July 2002.

    “Along with Latin America, West Africa is expected to be one of the fastest growing sources of oil and gas for the American market. African oil tends to be of high quality and low in sulfur, making it suitable for stringent refined product requirements, and giving it a growing market share for the refining Centers on the East Coast of the U.S.” “National Energy Policy Report” Office of the Vice President Richard Cheney May 16, 2001

    African Oil: A priority for U.S National Security and African Development, said by IASPS (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies) Research Papers in Strategy No. 14, May 2002
    “Concentration of World Oil Production in any one region is a potential contributor to market instability, benefiting neither oil producers nor consumers…This remains a policy challenge, which we will meet over the longer term through a comprehensive energy policy that addresses both supply and demand…Greater diversity of world oil production remains important
    “Along with Latin America, West Africa is expected to be one of the fastest growing sources of oil and gas for the American market. African oil tends to be of high quality and low in sulfur, making it suitable for stringent refined product requirements, and giving it a growing market share for the refining Centers on the East Coast of the U.S.”
    “National Energy Policy Report”
    Office of the Vice President Richard Cheney; May 16, 2001
    The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS) is an Israel-based think tank with an affiliated office in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1984 by its president, Professor Robert Loewenberg. According to the institute its mission is “to call attention to the Redirection of Western peoples by Science & the Open Society-History: Policy in the Era of the Convergence of Western Elites and Islam.”

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=African_Oil_Policy_Initiative_Group

    http://www.israeleconomy.org/strategic/africawhitepaper.pdf

    African Oil Policy Initiative Group (AOPIG) is a Washington, DC lobby group in close ties with IASPS.

  • Tarig Anter

    What are happening in Ivory Coast and all Gulf of Guinea are not about democracy or fair elections. It is a naked regime change to suit the new French and US oil policy.

    Some of the Recommendations of AOPIG (African Oil Policy Initiative Group, USA) July 2002.

    Energy Security
    3. Real estate privatization should be emphasized by the U.S. as a fundamental policy to be adopted by African States seeking to attract significant capital investment, particularly in the energy sector.
    8. The cooperation among governments, NGOs and oil companies embodied in the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project should be refined and studied as a model, at least in part for application to other African oil projects.
    9. The New Economic Plan for African Development (NEPAD) is another valuable model, and its provisions should be applied where possible in the next wave of oil initiatives.
    10. U.S. oil companies should be encouraged, perhaps through tax incentives, to disclose by publication, government filings and on public websites, all payments to the oil-producing governments.

    Regional Security
    11. Congress and the Administration should declare the Gulf of Guinea an area of “Vital Interest” to the U.S.
    12. A regional sub-command, similar to U.S. Forces Korea, should be established for the area.
    13. That regional sub-command should strongly consider the establishment of a regional homeport, possibly on the islands of Sao Tome and Principe.
    14. A U.S.-Nigerian compact on regional security issues should be established to make the area more secure and thereby more attractive for direct foreign investment.

    The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS) is an Israel-based think tank with an affiliated office in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1984 by its president, Professor Robert Loewenberg. According to the institute its mission is “to call attention to the Redirection of Western peoples by Science & the Open Society-History: Policy in the Era of the Convergence of Western Elites and Islam.”
    African Oil Policy Initiative Group (AOPIG) is a Washington, DC lobby group in close ties with IASPS.

  • Tarig Anter

    “Into Africa and out of OPEC” – new thinking on oil as Said by: AOPIG (African Oil Policy Initiative Group) July 2002.

    “Along with Latin America, West Africa is expected to be one of the fastest growing sources of oil and gas for the American market. African oil tends to be of high quality and low in sulfur, making it suitable for stringent refined product requirements, and giving it a growing market share for the refining Centers on the East Coast of the U.S.” “National Energy Policy Report” Office of the Vice President Richard Cheney May 16, 2001

    African Oil: A priority for U.S National Security and African Development, said by IASPS (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies) Research Papers in Strategy No. 14, May 2002

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