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Thank you to ConHome for an excellent summary of the Right’s opposition to aid

28 November 2011

Over at Conservative Home they’ve done a useful job in summarising the vehement opposition to the aid budget from the centre right in this country…here are some highlights;

  • “The annual international aid budget is approximately one quarter of the existing defence budget. If commonsensical economies were applied to the aid budget, they could at the very least cushion the drastic effects of a savage cutback on our Armed Forces.” – Stephen Glover
  • “By 2015, DfID’s budget will be over £11bn – this is one seventh of the entire amount saved by the Comprehensive Spending Review, and nearly double the amount spent on the police.” – Sam Bowman for the Adam Smith Institute
  • “Why increase aid to Afghanistan by 40pc when troops are dying from a lack of body armour and helicopters? The pledge to not just protect but vastly increase the aidbudget is one which, polls show, leaves the public puzzled.  I was on the Politics Show with Jon Sopel, who was putting to Andrew Mitchell some very sharp questions about all of this. Why build schools in Afghanistan, but cancel them in Britain?” – Fraser Nelson
  • “Unsurprisingly, MPs are getting a growing postbag over this. We are giving more than £300 per household to the world’s poor while public sector jobs are lost and vital services for the elderly and disabled are closed. The head of the Royal Navy has warned there may not be enough money to pursue the war in Libya.” – Ian Birrell
  • “Defence has fallen by £2.3 billion, and international aid is up by £2.7 billion. These are odd priorities for a country at war – and a country about to let trains charge commuters 30 percent more. A YouGov poll the other day showed just 4 percent of the public agree with Osborne on this.” – Fraser Nelson
  • “Thus, while British families struggle to cope with tax rises, the loss of child benefit and cuts to valued services, India will continue to receive £280million a year from the UK Exchequer.” – Daily Mail editorial
  • “International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell boasts we should take the same ‘pride and satisfaction’ in our ballooning overseas aid budget as we do in the Armed Forces. … Is this ass unaware that the Armed Forces are being slashed to the bone, that we have no aircraft carriers, that the BBC World Service, a truly effective means of gaining international influence, is being drastically cut – and that Britons already lead the world in voluntary donations abroad?” – Daily Mail editorial

What a pleasant bunch…

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