Report on a visit to Equatorial Guinea

On Conservative Home, Nadine Dorries reports on our visit to Equatorial Guinea:

All three of us undertook the trip with one objective in mind, to bring back an accurate impression and to do whatever we could to make any suggestion towards improving the daily lives of the small population.

Nadine’s article is very good and I have little to add to it, except to reproduce the following section of our report:

The Equatorial Guinea government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of the ruling class at the expense of the wider population. During a meeting with the Prime Minister this was stated more or less explicitly in response to our probing about otherwise unspoken “cultural differences” which we were asked to accept as non-negotiable.

It is my hope that we may have contributed something towards progress for the poverty-stricken, oppressed people of Equatorial Guinea, people whose plight is inexcusable in the context of such natural resources. I am glad that we had the opportunity to enhance the Foreign Office’s understanding of this small, resource rich and poorly governed nation. I hope the British Government will now take what steps it can to help Equatorial Guinea become prosperous and free.

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