More EU aid to Africa is repeating the same old mistakes
In a world increasingly riven by absolutist definitions, we see social and cultural battle lines being drawn wherever we look.
Friday's Referendum, for example, has been clumsily portrayed as a battle between tolerance and intolerance. That makes for a cute soundbite but the truth, as usual, is rather more complex.
Similarly, the current humanitarian disaster which sees tens of thousands of African migrants risking their lives on a boat journey across the Med to the European promised land is framed in an equally naive and simplistic fashion - anyone who thinks it's madness to open our borders to Africa's problems is, inevitably, accused of being happy to watch people drown.