Still you know a load of guff is being pronounced by a minister when he says the government should stop spending aid money in richer countries no matter the cause, because not spending money and joined up thinking are not something that politicians are renowned for.
Ministers have been ordered to stop squandering British aid on wasteful projects, including climate change schemes in wealthy countries, the Telegraph has learnt.Thing is I could possibly understand helping those countries in extreme poverty if the aid actually got to where it was supposed to go, but the evidence is quite plainly there that it just goes to line pockets of local warlords and the pre-existing government.
Justine Greening, the development secretary, fears Whitehall departments, in particular the Department for Energy and Climate Change, could undermine public support for overseas aid by funding poorly-run projects in middle-income countries that do not need help from British taxpayers.
In a letter seen by the Telegraph, Mrs Greening warns ministers they risk breaching international protocols and face investigation by Britain's aid watchdog if they spend continue to spend money on anything other than relieving extreme poverty in the world’s poorest regions.
Mrs Greening fully supports the Government’s target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. But the warning that some departments are may be misusing aid will bolster Conservative MPs who want David Cameron to divert some of the £8bn a year aid budget on flood relief in Britain.
However she doues have a point on some projects such as £15m to cattle ranchers in Colombia, the world’s 30th richest country, to help cut flatulence in cows, giving aid to Belarus a very nasty dictatorship and essentially wasting millions on 'climate change' lunacy which often does more harm than good.
Aid should be by private charity, not government and certainly not government funded fake charities. Who we give aid too should be a personal choice and never never in the hands of politicians and enviro-extremists or as part of someone's pet project.
Granted I know we have legal obligations to pay out so much via the G20, but we could easily just dump the EU aid budget which is politically motivated by their own vicious brand of lunacy.
Charity begins at home, our politicians should remember that.