Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

On the wrong track

The Guardian - February 12th 2007

Sir

While I am normally the first to criticise wasteful EU spending, paying commercial fees for bank transfers to keep public money away from the Hamas-led Palestinian government seems the least worst option (EU's attempt to avoid Hamas costs 2m in bank charges, February 7).

Corrupt officials in the previous Fatah regime looted millions of pounds of European taxpayers' money intended to alleviate suffering in Palestine. Oxfam's work in Palestine is to be commended. But a resumption of direct funding to the Palestinian Authority, such as Oxfam wishes to see, would be a tacit acceptance of Hamas's violent agenda.

Dr Charles Tannock MEP
Conservative foreign affairs spokesman