Letter: Short's will to beat poverty

Sir: "Elimination not alleviation" of poverty a fantasy? ("The new Joan of Arc?", 7 June.) Certainly not. As long ago as 1977 the US National Academy of Sciences concluded after a major study that "if there is the political will in this country and abroad ... it should be possible to overcome the worst aspects of widespread hunger and malnutrition within one generation". Unicef now says much the same, but with a timeline of just a decade.

As long as Clare Short stays in charge at the Department for International Development, it looks like we will have the political will in at least one of the G7 countries. Only six more to go.


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