Famine has reappeared in Ethiopia. The World Food Programme says an emergency fund of $285 million in international food aid is needed to avert mass starvation in the next six months. OK the famine is as much caused by a corrupt, inept and authoritarian government as by the drought but the fact remains that these days $285 million seems a small amount of money to save millions of lives.
President Sarkozy spent $254 million on France's 6 month presidency of the EU. I know where I'd prefer my taxes to go.