It’s still our money, not yours!

Foreign aid under the Tories has always been an unfunny joke, especially as it was ringfenced to increase when some other budgets were cut. Most suspect that it was to avoid accusations of being the ‘nasty’ party, though God alone knows Labour and its socialist roots have caused far more misery to millions in the UK than the Tories have ever done.

Mail. (Usual caveats)

Foreign aid is to be diverted through British companies to prevent it falling into the hands of corrupt and wasteful regimes.
Firms will use the money to win infrastructure contracts and boost struggling economies in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The radical move, to be announced by International Development Secretary Justine Greening next week, is being seen as a victory for common sense in the bitter controversy over the £11billion international development budget, which has been ringfenced while other departments face cuts.
It follows years of criticism that the nation’s ballooning aid budget is being squandered by Third World governments on ineffective projects, or lining the pockets of corrupt officials.
Prime Minister David Cameron was said to be ‘hugely enthusiastic’ about the shift of emphasis from simply fighting poverty with handouts to economic development.
In future, a significant portion of the aid budget – adding up to billions over the years – will be used to secure contracts for British firms to build roads, railways and key buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Thing is, there’s only the hint of ‘a significant portion’ of the aid budget going into bribes to get UK firms to build stuff. Where’s the rest of it going? And why is my/our money still going to line the pockets of kleptocracies worldwide and not being spent to pay off Labours years of ruinous debt?

Charity in hard times has to begin at home and giving our money away without it being of benefit to us is not something we should be doing. It’s ok if it’s voluntary, but taxation and government spending isn’t they refuse to let us have a say other than at elections, yet wonder why they become increasingly unpopular when they do things like this.

Add to this the billions we give to French farmers via the Common Agricultural Policy and other EU boondoggles and it adds up to quite a bit of our money goes to some very unworthy causes.

It would be so good to just get one party into Parliament who would just say ENOUGH!

 

I wouldn’t hold your breath though.

8 comments for “It’s still our money, not yours!

  1. March 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Good, so bribes will now go from government to firms to foreign politicians. Much better than bribes going from government to foreign politicians so that UK firms will get contracts 😆

  2. Daedalus
    March 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Oh god I want to win the lottery and move somewhere sane.

    Daedalus

  3. March 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “And why is my/our money…..”

    You ready to learn a hard lesson?

    It isn’t our money when it hits their account. Ownership transfers.

    In the same way that when your employer sends your salary to the bank. Ownership transfers. To the bank.

    Don’t believe me?

    Try taking it all out the day it clears. Assuming your salary is higher than the daily withdrawal limit permitted by your bank they will not let you take it all away from them. Try it.

    CR.

    • Nick
      March 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Money taken in tax is our money. End of discussion. It is taken without permission, consent or agreement. It is theft.

      • March 10, 2013 at 12:50 am

        Nick,

        If you vote you consent.

        If you don’t vote and don’t say anything, you consent.

        There is a maxim in law that says “He who does not disagree, agrees”.

        They have all the guns, so maybe disagreeing isn’t enough, but if you don’t pay, they will visit, and they will bring force with them.

        Apart from open rebellion, revolt, or mass civil disobedience, there is fuck all we can do about it.

        The point remains though: once our money is in their account, it’s theirs. They wrote statutes to make it so.

        CR.

    • Mudplugger
      March 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I seem to recall a recent proposal that all salaries should be paid ‘indirectly’, i.e. the monthly total would be paid by the employers to HMRC, who would deduct all taxes, returning the remains to the employees’ bank accounts.

      Setting aside the predictable cock-up potential, it kinda lets you know who’s money they really think it is.

  4. March 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I seem to recall a recent proposal that all salaries should be paid ‘indirectly’, i.e. the monthly total would be paid by the employers to HMRC, who would deduct all taxes, returning the remains to the employees’ bank accounts.

    Yes. It’s called Real Time Information (RTI) and phase 1 goes live in April for ALL UK employers that operate PAYE. At the moment it’s only the information that goes across, but where transfers are made through BACS (generally larger employers), the RTI submission identifier will be added so that HMRC can track salary payments to a specific bank account.

    They aren’t yet doing automatic deductions, but it remains a possibility for future phases.

    Expect PAYE to become a walking minefield (again) for the next year or so. HMRC always cock this stuff up and I’m not expecting RTI to be any different.

  5. Viscount Rectum
    March 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    One day I may read that a politician has been found hanging from a lampost.

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