JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MICHAELLE JEAN UNESCO SPECIAL ENVOY TO HAITI TELLS DONORS TO REMEMBER THEIR PLEDGES   Leave a comment


 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Sorry, but you can’t pour concrete without a mold.

There is no infrastructure of any description in Haiti.

No proper government.

No proper police.

No proper roads.

Even the land is stripped to brown rather than being green.

But it has plenty of corruption.

International donors fear funds handed over to Haiti end up in Swiss bank accounts.

What are people to do?

Take the place over and run things for a decade?
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“I can’t imagine these ladies — especially Her Jeanness — getting their manicured hands dirty in the Haitian cesspit.”

A harsh comment, but I think a very apt one.

Michaelle Jean is that worst of the international set who love posing for photo ops and signing their names to letters and petitions, but who actually do nothing.

Take off your designer duds, let your coiffure go, and roll up your sleeves, Ms Jean. Let us see a few months of relentless toil in Haiti. Then we’d both know you are sincere and you would offer a powerful example.

This kind of fluff appeal resembles the multi-millionaire pop singers who offer a cheesy song for poverty or the pope speaking in his ermine and Gucci slippers about it.

Revolting, actually.

Someone has to actually do something in such situations, but clearly that someone is not Ms Jean anymore than it appears to be the government or better-off residents of Haiti.

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