I was staggered to learn yesterday that this country will be spending more on Foreign Aid than on it’s armed forces by 2031. Have we gone stark, staring, raving mad???
Research conducted by the House of Commons Library found aid spending will be £28 billion compared to a defence spend of £27 billion all thanks to lunatic foreign target set by the Fourth Reich and it’s fifth columnist Nick Clegg. Thanks to the coalition agreement, aid has a target forced upon it of 0.7% of GDP regardless of how much we actually have to spare (basically, fuck all!) and who we send it to. Do we really need to give money to China and India, countries who are considerably better off than we are? It’s crazy.
So it’s OK to have target for aid and stick to it, but the Tory manifesto will reveal that whilst there is a target of 2% of national income for defence, we don’t seem to have to stick to that.
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox summed it all up nicely when he said that said he and fellow Tory MPs would find it ‘hard to swallow’ if Mr Cameron allowed spending to fall below the 2 per cent Nato threshold while maintaining a pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid.
Why the hell don’t we just chuck these stupid targets out of the window and decide on a case by case basis what we actually need to spend? Surely it’s more important to defend the country that it is to prop up prosperous economies and foreign dictators.
Perhaps they think that ISIS will simply let us be if we give them lots of aid to help build their caliphate and take away the threat of our forces shooting at them? I sincerely doubt it, but I wonder if this has occured the likes of the Limp Dumps and their EU masters?.
It’s a bloody disgrace…