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Message for G8 : tariffs that encourage good things can make poor countries richer
G8 leaders want to avoid a rush to the worst-taxed regime & least accountable. PlanB4fashion wants to avoid a rush to the worst welfare state with least national insurance for healthcare, girl's secondary schools, condoms, pensions, votes & rights.
There is no longer a developing third world in countries like Bangladesh, but a developed country with a desparate poor.
Tariffs that force such countries to introduce a national insurance scheme will reduce a population explosion among their urban poor like the one that happened in Edwardian Britain. Only services like girls' secondary schools, access to condoms, pensions, votes, and other human rights will increase the wealth of people in countries like Bangladesh and allow them to compete in a more fair way with their richer and better equipped rivals in Europe.
"Nobody wants to see Bangladeshi politicians making short term decisions about factory safety or national insurance because they want Bangladesh to be competative in the short term. Nobody in countries like the UK wants to see factories become unsafe or to reduce welfare systems in order to compete with Bangladesh. Either strategy would make us all poorer, lead to greater population and more misery", said John Robertson, self-appointed ranter and blogger on the subject of ethical fashion.
Asked why he chose to rant and blog on the subject, Mr Robertson said:
"I saw what other people were writing about ethical fashion, and saw that it was mainly people from fashion college sponsored by clothing importers with Chinese goods to sell. Someone had to provide another view."
Another comment will be released once the talks begin.