South China Morning Post.
The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, urged the government yesterday to redirect part of its foreign aid budget to flood victims at home.
On a visit to the flood-hit county of Somerset, Farage complained that Britain gives aid to India despite New Delhi having its own space programme.
Flooding and landslips have completely cut off rail routes to large parts of England's south west as storms continue to batter southern Britain.
"It seems to me that the aid budget is about us giving charity overseas. When you've got an emergency in this country, it's time to say that charity begins at home," he said. "The international aid budget is £11 billion [HK$140 billion] a year. All the government have offered so far is less than 1 per cent of that in the form of £100 million.
"If, suddenly, that was 5 per cent or 6 per cent, you'd be talking real money."
Of course there's the usual lunacy from some who believe spending UK cash abroad to reduce 'climate change' will be the best way to
Britain’s international aid budget will help reduce flooding in the UK by addressing the causes of climate change abroad, Eric Pickles has said.Yes that is the enviroloon line that our money spent abroad might have prevented the flooding. The sort of lunacy that prevented dredging to siphon off the excess water quickly and wouldn't allow the silt to be used to raise land (That's the EU for you putting wildlife above people)
It's now reached the stage where £11 billion is being handed out to kleptocracies and countries who don't need it. This cash would be better spent on us and used as the occasional bribe to sell hardware abroad not handed out to warlords and corrupt politicians.
Foreign aid is a luxury we can no longer afford along with muslim extremism and the EU which are the most pressing problems facing this nation other than the growth of the public sector and fake charities.
It's time to take a chainsaw to state spending and remove billions from the tax cache to be spent on things we simply don't need.
Somewhere along the line the political class hijacked the budgets to spend on pet projects, they need to be reined in and if necessary punitively fined to claim back the waste they've lavished upon themselves.
The boy Clegg is going on about a mansion tax (again) he'd be better off destroying the states largesse on organisations like quango's and the environment agency.
Except he won't, he has a finger in that pie via the EU as well.