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By David Vance On March 1st, 2011

I was intrigued by this.

The government is to outline plans to stop direct development aid to 16 countries and freeze the level of assistance given to India. But some nations, such as Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan will get more money, which the coalition says will be “better focused” on the poorest people.

Well, I don’t agree with that. I think the entire Foreign Aid budget should be cut drastically. However, that is not the point of this post. Because reading on, I then see that..

Labour says too much of the UK’s aid budget is being mis-spent.

Which party was in power for the previous 13 years when this mis-spend was happening? Which Party put in place the parameters which are now being at least re-assessed? The fact is that Labour is busy revising history, pretending it had nothing too do with all the waste and mis-spend it now criticises! That the BBC colludes with such delusionalism and revisionism is not suprising but Labour really will say and do anything to win electoral support.


  1. What’s new? Anything a party does when its in power becomes instantly wrong when they are in the opposition. Harriet was struggling on TV this morning to agree with the changes and disagree with them at the same time!

  2. First of all, sorry for your troubles re: the site David

    On this, you are on the money. There is significant doubt about what development aid actually achieves, and in these straightened times I fail to see why we should effectively be borrowing money to pay to other countries, especially given the other cuts going on.

    Of course, one could say aid sometimes helps our diplomatic efforts, although i have failed to see this case made convincingly.

  3. giving out all this cash is rather like a kid in the schoolground paying “protection money” and buying influence…
    “Please will you be my fwiend?”
    “If I give you this will you pwomise to give me that….?”
    The Chinese don’t just dish out aid, they export half their population to Africa or wherever, at the same time…
    The Chinese people may agree or disagree: it doesn’t matter. They have no say in what their government choose to do.
    Whereas here in Britain……. 😉

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