The World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting is from the 13-18 December in Hong Kong. One of the items on the agenda is the subsidies to western farmers which have an effect on the ability of famers in poor countries to seel their goods. The KickAllAgriculturalSubsidies blog is a good place to find links to help explain what is going on. If you go to the Make Poverty History website you can send a Christmas card to Prime Minister Tony asking him nicely to do what he can to Make Poverty History in 2006. It’s quite fun to do too – you can read other people’s cards, though your browser does need ‘Flash’ to do it.
Towards the end, (Simon) Mayo asks him (Rowan), ‘Are you enjoying the job?’ He replies, ‘Depends which day of the week you ask me really. I get on with it.’ This is a veiled hint at what several independent sources have told me privately – that in fact, he is finding it pretty awful, even hellish.
I read an interview with Jane Williams in which she talked about the Christmas cards they are sent, so when you send yours why not send a card with an encouraging message to Rowan and Jane? The address is: