Saturday, 27 March 2010

OVERSEAS AID-SHOULD IT BE CURTAILED?


Now don't get me wrong.  I believe that as a rich country that has benefited from an Empire which built this nation up to what it is today, we should contribute to overseas aid.

The problem is however, that we are skint.  Broke.  Up the Yangtze river without a paddle.  Through the Department of International Development, (DFID), we contribute 0.7% of GDP or currently £9.1 billion.  I don't know about you but I was astounded by that figure.  Both Labour and the Tories have committed as one of their election pledges to maintaining that percentage.  We also of course contribute as part of the EC.  We currently have a net contribution to that fine institution of £7.6 Billion.  That's a total of £16.7 billion.

We as a couple contribute £30 monthly to Medicins San Frontiere.  We did seriously consider if we should stop that payment as we like many other people are financially squeezed.  I decided as I believe in the 'what goes around comes around' principle to leave it in place.  Can you imagine however, if as an individual, you were BANKRUPT like the UK is and you had to make arrangements with your creditors but you insisted on giving a sizable amount to charity, well then I would imagine you would be told to fuck off in no uncertain terms.  I would think that most of these POOR COUNTRIES don't have a national debt of approaching £1,000,000,000,000.  So maybe it's time we cut back, just for a few years, our aid programme.

Oh, BTW, the DFID are boasting on their website that they've just made £150 million pounds of 'efficiency savings'.  UNBELIEVABLE! 

20 comments:

INCOMING!!!!!!! said...

DL I see the scam as being a sort of tribute handed over by our lords and masters from the levy stolen from us in the form of taxation to their mates and fellow gangstas overseas (off shore) a sort of noblesse oblige for the modern age.

So I say cut every last brass farthing and boot the fuckers out of power.

Mind you I could be wrong.

Perhaps the Orwellian MSM has been showing me a skewed view of the third world. Ever last penny of the zillions handed out there might mean they live in airconditioned luxury and are shooting the breeze evey evening with chilled Marguarittas. Their children attend the best and most secret private schools and colleges and have bent their massive national intellects to defeating the plagues of mankind.

Hence the starving waifs I see every night on my goggle box is part of their cunning marketing plan.

Am I wrong?

Dark Lochnagar said...

INCOMING!!!! Probably not. It's as it is all over this world. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. There are us in the middle, trying to get rich but being held back by the rich fuckers. My worry is that the vast amounts we give in aid is going to line the pckets of the fuckers who run it and foriegn potentates who are lining their pockets. It should defintely be cutailed until we get out of this mess.

Hoons a hoon said...

I don't think we should be sending £800m annually in aid to the nuclear power India. They're building their own space programme and buying up our car and steel industries because we can't afford to fund them ourselves.
Shutting down Teeside steelworks and funding ( via our contribution to the carbon tax) a new factory in India to take up the slack seems daft. 1600 jobs lost to India and we funded India to do it.

Anonymous said...

India have also recently announced the procurement of a fleet of 6 nuclear ballistic submarines worth billions and they in also in turn donate aid to other countries. All very bizarre.

DaveP said...

I thought I was going to read a piece about Peterborough when I saw the pic.

We absolutely have to cut our aid. FFS, we still give aid to fucking China. As for the many millions (billions?) in aid we give in relation to that climate scam shite, well.....

CrazyDaisy said...

DL,

DFID's budget this year is about £6Bn I was in working with them on thursday and received an update. There are plans to scale back funding in India and China this year, to what level they didn't say!

To be honest, you could quite easily get rid of the whole fuckin lot and there would be no difference, they have no measures of effect with what they're trying to achieve. A part of what the FCO used to do which is irrelevant.

I agree, time to look inside and stop all this we're still a World Power and Civilised!

Bollocks, all of it..

CD

Mark MacLachlan said...

I look forward to the day when some so called third world shithole hosts a global benefit concert in aid of Gordon Brown and his bankrupt Britain.

On a serious point...honest, what do you chaps think of those volunteers who give up the greasy pole here to go out and spend variable amounts of time catching all sorts of nasty diseases in the cause of helping humanity, yet when they return here are almost castigated by employers for taking 'time out'? If bellend celebrities and sports persons are given honours why not those who actually try and make a difference.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Hooners, I think India is considered to be a special case because it was in the Empire and was probably our biggest asset. Plus the fact that there are millions of them over here, it's a bit like giving the kids pocktmoney!
No, I agree we should not be giving them aid if they can fund a nuclear industry. Why is it ok for them and Pakistan to have nuclear weapons and not Iran? You're right as well about their space programme. What the fuck do they need that for? Mind you a racist would say that at the rate they breed they will soon have to inhabit another planet. But you won't hear any of that kind of talk here! It could again be a guilt complex because we made them serve us 'tiffin' when there was a Raj. Whatever the fuck that is.

Tiffin I mean not the Raj.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Anonymous, yes all for domestic power stations. They're just testing out the nuclear material for power stations in ballistic subs. They would of course never be used against Pakistan!

P.S. make up a name.

Dark Lochnagar said...

DaveP, I didn't realise that we give aid to China. How the fuck did we start doing that? Another nuclear power and we're giving them aid? Was it because of the Opium trade? Fucking arseholes! I don't mean the Chinese, it's just a Scottish expression!

Dark Lochnagar said...

Daisy, now while I know that Germany's 'Empire' was considerably smaller than ours, how much do you think they contribute to foreign aid? I bet it won't be anything like us. And we're skint and they're bailing out half the countries in the EC. My father who served in the second world war will be 'birlin' in his grave wondering how the fuck that is possible. Mind you those American bastards, or to be more precise the World banking cartel of fuckers like the Rothschilds bled us dry, whilst money was given to the Krauts to re-build.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Mark, Aye, that would be a laugh, a concert in Pakistan for bankrupt Britain. What chance it happening? Nane and the other one's--------------! Fill in your own.

The thing about the bellend celebs is that they only go out there for about 2 weeks at a time and usually have a camera crew with them. I agree that the vulunteers should be lauded but I can also see their employers point of view. It's the same reaon that women of a certain age don't get responsible jobs, obviously because there is the chance if them leaving and having a child. Society can dance around it as much as they like, but it's a fact of life. IMO bringing in legislation to try and stop it is futile. so as I said it's unfortunately the same with volunteers. What's more important, humane works or their careers?

subrosa said...

Aye DL, keep an eye on the DFID website. It's amazing just how much they give away on a monthly basis.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Rosie, I presume you mean info and not money?

CrazyDaisy said...

DL

Our money was used to pay off debt, the Germans rebuilt and invested it in manufacturing, so your facts are wrong.

D

Dark Lochnagar said...

Daisy, Is that not what I said in so many words?

CrazyDaisy said...

Nope I read it as the Rothchilds bled us while the Germans proffed. My interpretation was we were seen off while the Germans prospered. I may be mistaken but post WWII the money the Germans received from thd US was invested to provide jobs and an economy, the UK decided to pay off debts with it. Lend lease also enabled the Yanks a door into the Sterling zone where the Commonwealth was open to trade with America, hence a more rapid decline of The Empire.

Am I wrong?

Dark Lochnagar said...

Daisy, I think basically we are in agreement. The Americans bled us dry paying off the interest which BTW was only finally paid off a couple of years ago from memory. You are correct in saying that the Germans used their money to build up their economy.

CrazyDaisy said...

Ok we agree! ;-)

DfiD still a waste of taxpayers dosh!

Dark Lochnagar said...

Daisy, Correcto!