Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | December 29, 2005

Tackling problems not politics?

It was refreshing to see in the news yesterday that Bob Geldof has agreed to help the UK Conservative party formulate their policy on tackling global poverty. Their new leader, David Cameron, made a statement that certainly seems to have repositioned them to take a more compassionate stance than previously.

His statement included the following:

This summer, millions of British people took part in the Make Poverty History campaign. A new generation of concerned citizens want prosperity for themselves and progress for the poor – whether living on the other side of the street or the other side of the world.

Perhaps most impressive was Bob Geldof’s choice to work with the Tory party, particularly in view of the criticism he would inevitably receive. Already the Lib Dems have warned him that it will damage his reputation.

However, I think quite the opposite – full credit to him for finding another way of trying to tackle the problem of poverty instead of worrying about the politics of party. I think history will show he had more wisdom than many of those worried about his approach.

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. ( Proverbs 31:9, NIV)



  1. Hugh,

    Excellent Post and Observation, Although not a fan of the tory party in any sense – I like David Cameron, he is a breath of fresh air and will prove to be an excellent leader I believe.

    Policies and Action that help the poor in the UK and across the world have to be welcomed and I believe that Bob Geldof has to be congratulated on his work thus far.

    This whole issue is an excellent opportunity for the Church in our nation to demonstrate and showcase how we continually put into practice the apostolic doctrine and biblical mandate of ‘remembering the poor’

    Happy New Year

    Gavin White
    Manchester, UK

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