11 RL deply disturbed at the news
that the Government is to take a completely negative attitude with regard to the recent recommendation of the Brandt Commission that a significant transfer of resources should be made from the rich countries to the West to the starving nations of the Third World.
It has long seemed to us a scandal that politicans of the relatively prosperous western world remain largely indifferent to the deprivations that are the daily lot of millions of our fellow men. We had therefore welcomed with enthusiasm as something of a break-through the findings of the Brandt Commission, These eminent men of experience in world affairs recommended that not only elementary Christian concern for the sufferings of others. but even enlightened self-interest demanded massive aid for the poor nations of the Third World. This seemed at long last to strike a new and hopeful note.
The callous and cynical dismissal of the Brandt proposals by this Government must surely be vehemently condemned by all committed Christians. I he Government's attitude to aid to Zimbabwe is similarly deplorable. It seems astonishing that it should be so short-sighted as to risk endangering the settlement that it has at last achieved by the paltry scale of its financial contribution to that country's desperate problems of rehabilitation.
It was particularly depressing that the policy towards Brandt should be • announced in the same week that the Government decided to spend £5 billions on purchasing the Trident missile.
That politicians should be ready to squander the country's resources on this scale on weapons of mass destruction, but he unwilling to find the relatively modest sums necessary to relieve poverty and hunger is surely unforgiveable.
JOSEPH SMITH R(P4 MARY SMITH Preston