Generous or ‘mugs of the world’? 144% rise in UK aid spending enrages Tories

25 May, 2016

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron © Stefan Wermuth

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron © Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Tory MPs have rounded on Prime Minister David Cameron after new figures revealed British overseas aid spending has rocketed to £13 billion (US$19 billion) per year.

An official government report shows the UK is the only member of the G7 – a collection powerful industrialized nations – to meet the UN’s target of 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on aid.

Cameron will be attending this year’s G7 summit, due to start Thursday in Japan, to discuss how rich nations can aid those in the developing world.

However, British MPs have blasted the figures, which show Britain spent £13 billion on overseas development in 2014 alone.

Tory MP Philip Davies told IBT that in the context of austerity the figures made the UK look like the “mugs of the world.

The prime minister might think it makes us look compassionate to spend more and more money when we’re in debt – to hand it over to some fantastically corrupt countries around the world. I personally think it makes us look stupid,” Davis raged.

Labour’s Shadow Development Secretary Diane Abbott took a different view on foreign aid spending, writing for the Guardian in April. She accused the PM of paying only “lip service” to the UN target, while large amounts of development cash were “skimmed off by the Foreign Office and for military spending.

Campaigners warn large amounts of aid money often ends up in the hands of private companies as part of a privatization agenda.

In a 2015 report, Global Justice Now warned it had become “boom time for aid-funded businesses.

Not only has the commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on overseas aid been enshrined in law, but this is happening alongside the growing trend for DfID [Department for International Development] to outsource a greater share of its growing budget,” the charity warned.



2 Responses to “Generous or ‘mugs of the world’? 144% rise in UK aid spending enrages Tories”

  1. bluefeather says:

    Still want to pay taxes?

    Here’s how a doctor explains it:
    A woman in her late 20’s came to the hospital today with her 8th pregnancy
    She said to me me “My mum told me that I am the breadwinner for the family.”
    I asked her to explain. She said that she can make babies and babies get money from the State for the family.
    It goes like this:
    The Grandma calls the Department for work and pensions, and states that the unemployed daughter is not capable of caring for all of her kids. DWP agrees, and tells her the children will need to go into foster care.
    The Grandma then volunteers to be the foster parent, and receives a cheque for £700 per child each month.
    Total yearly income:
    £58,800 soon to become £67200 when the 8th one is born, tax-free and nobody has to go to work!
    In fact, they get more if there is no husband/father/man in the home! The brother does not count.
    Not to mention free dental treatment, free housing, free council tax free school dinners, free tuition fees at college or Uni, free eyecare and glasses, free prescriptions and various other benefits…
    Total value of all benefits combined probably approaching £100,000 per annum which would require an income of around £148000 to create.
    That’s about my salary as a senior consultant with years of experience and surgical skills in a central London teaching hospital.
    Indeed, Grandma was correct that her fertile daughter is the “breadwinner” for the family.

    This is how the politicians spend our taxes. When this generous programme was invented in the ’60s, the Great Society architects forgot to craft an end date… and now we are hopelessly overrun with people who vote only for those who will continue to keep them on the dole…..
    No wonder our country is broke!
    Worse, our Muslim brothers have been paying attention, and by mandating that each Muslim family have eleven children, they will soon replace the voting bloc above and can be running this country.
    Are we alarmed yet, is anybody listening?
    Sebastian J. Ciancino – Urologist,
    Guys Hospital trust – London

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