I realise this is only an idea under consideration. A ‘novel idea’.
To me though it is a perverse idea.
As I understand it, based on the RG article, the Government is going to hire a Boeing 737 for the purpose of ferrying aid supplies to Haiti. That, to me, is a great idea and something I encourage. So far no problem, great idea. But then comes the ‘novel’ idea. Basically, in order to help finance the costs of renting this plane the government is planning on selling seats on this plane so that people can fly down to Haiti. You won’t be on the ground long, just a couple of hours. Enough to see some of the devastation. The Haitian government will make a presentation to you, in thanks for your graceful contribution in the light of their misery. You could even ‘be seen to be helping the people of Haiti’. What a wonderful PR opportunity.
How wonderfully perverse. What a way to twist something genuinely good – helping the people of Haiti in their time of need – into something so horribly wrong.
The Haitian government has more important things to do than cater to the needs of some rich people interested in their own egotistic boost. Of course the Haitian government will make the presentation if they feel they have to in exchange for this help. So much for no strings attached, you focus on helping your people.
This idea, its basically the same idea as asking people to give money in order to purchase an ambulance, and in exchange for your contribution you get to come along on emergency calls and ‘be seen’ to help people in need. The paramedics could even give you a presentation in the midst of the car-wreck and injured people.
If they go ahead with this sick and twisted idea, I hope that the people who take it do publicise their ‘selfless’ act. That way we can all see how sick they really are and boycott their companies.
By all means help government finance this project (although if we can waste $800k on something we can do for a fraction of the cost, why should you?). But don’t pervert it. Sponsor medical personnel, engineers, Haitians living in Bermuda desperate to find their loved ones. Save the seats for loved ones of Haitians living in Bermuda to come here until Haiti is rebuilt. But this novel idea? Hell no.
It makes me sick. I’m ashamed that the Government is even entertaining it.