Say hello to Ian Birrel – a former speech writer for David Cameron. Ian reckons it’s bonkers to be handing over £12 billion to foreign despots and dictators when the Tories are planning to cut the same amount off the welfare budget.
He’s absolutely right.
The UK government hands out 0.7% of our GDP in foreign aid every year because of a stupid arbitrary target that the Limp Dumps forced us into just appease the Fourth Reich. Britain is already increasing aid spending faster than any other European nation. Countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Japan and Spain have reduced the sums they dole out.
And he points out that it’s ironic that these handouts encourage welfare dependency overseas whilst at the same time we are trying to discourage it at home! And where does this money come from? Well, we borrow around £73 billion a year, so basically we borrow it so that we can give it away.
I’m all in favour of helping people less fortunate than myself, but we should put our own people ahead of foreigners – especially when those foreigners live in countries with nuclear energy programs and space programs. Or where the money just goes into the pockets of corrupt officials.
Get rid of the deficit, reduce our borrowings to zero, and then ask me again. You might find me just a tad more sympathetic. But even then let’s help people that need help rather than running around trying to find people to dole it out to (no pun intended) just to hit some arbitrary target that makes us look caring and sharing.
Until we get a grip on this, the rest of the world will laugh at us, stick out their hands, and play us for the mugs we are…