‘Commerce is not a sin. Trading with emerging countries is not a sin. Trade helps them to emerge as a matter of fact. It makes reforms possible. The kind of reforms we all want. It brings them into the modern world. It enables us to help them. How can we help a poor country if we’re not rich ourselves?’
‘I beg your pardon?’
‘[…] Look around you. Trade isn’t making the poor rich. Profits don’t buy reforms. They buy corrupt government officials and Swiss bank accounts.’
John le Carré (2005) The Constant Gardener, Penguin Canada: Toronto, p 61.