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.