I think it was Sunday morning on Radio 4 that I heard the presenter saying, “And now we will go over to our man or the Representative in…” (not Haiti) and the voice was rich African. Not an English BBC accent but clearly a local. (I can’t remember if it was the BBC or some organisation like Christian Aid.) Anyway it occurred to me that it was such a shock to hear that the representative was clearly from that country.
Then I watch the news and each channel has a journalist over in Haiti. Did they take their own food and drink, I wonder? Or are they using up valuable local resources? Tonight I heard one man saying it was so hot he had been drinking bottles of water all day and then in the next breath said that they urgently needed water. Ironic, or what?
Perhaps our licence fee would be greatly reduced if we used local people instead of sending men (and yes, it is usually men) over, at great cost no doubt, to use up much needed resources.
Made me think of that wonderful programme that used to be on – Drop the Dead Donkey. But this is not funny.