It’s nice to be rich enough to not need aid.

Following on from that, an article in the Express caught my eye yesterday: UK foreign aid: Britain spends £14.1billion on overseas aid - Pakistan received the most.
As Ashcroft points out, Aid is usually no more nor less than ‘a transfer of resources from the taxpayer of a donor country to the government of a recipient country.’ (Peter Bauer)

2017:
£14.1billion of UK taxpayers' cash was handed out to projects in developing countries, compared with £13.4billion in 2016. Pakistan was the largest recipient of UK aid, receiving £402million during 2017, the figures showed. Other big hand outs last year included £327million to Nigeria, £326million to Ethiopia, £314million to Syria and £282million to Somalia.
 

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India, I gather, is now planning an even bigger statue of the last one, to be the biggest idol around anywhere.
 
The International Development Secretary Penny M had promised reforms to Britain’s foreign aid, there was some mention of possibly involving private investors but other than complaints from the usual suspect not much more has seemed to have appeared??
Foreign aid: how and where is the UK’s budget spent?

Britain it appears is the only G7 country to have continued to meet its pledge, though many taxpayers feel that giving money to countries like Pakistan who sold nuclear technology to N Korea, or India with it’s prioritisation of a Mars probe over toilet facilities for the masses, and obsession over big statues, or Nigeria who is an oil producing nation and sink of corruption, is rather obscene. It could be said we have plenty of Indian Pakistanis and Nigerians over here using the National Health...which could do with some aid.
 
Understood. But times mind-sets and conditions change, we here in UK require funding greater than a foriegn country that is more than able to fund its own internal interests. All protocols can be changed, it just need the political will. Maybe a referendum is required, please step forward, again, Nigel Farage.
There are vested interests here in the UK that profit from foreign aid, several er, cough "charities" full of well-connected snowflakes lining their pockets at the taxpayers' expense for one.
 
We currently spend £13bn a year on foreign aid. That's £520 per household per year. For that, we could increase NHS spending by 10% or more than double the police budget.

Given that we're struggling for money and polls suggest that most of the British public want to see foreign aid slashed, what's the argument for continuing with it? Genuine question if anyone's got an answer.
This and previous governments, and the pathetic excuse of an opposition party we have at present will not entertain slashing, or better, stopping foreign aid altogether.

In fact, there have been calls for a further INCREASE in the percentage of the GDP we currently give from some politicians.
 
As Comptroller of the fleet of black Ford Mondeos (They used to be Vauxhall Senators, but Austerity, you know) I concur that each Tuesday morning's meeting of the National Security Council commences with a JIO intelligence briefing drawn from Arrse. The PM is so impressed that she might dispense with GCHQ and the other agencies and employ a group of superannuated old soaks who have barely an A level between them and smell of wee. But they also wear blazers, which look quite smart, even though they have a propensity to wear cardigans when the weather gets a bit nippy.
The RAF staff cars were black Cavalier Commanders way back in my day.;)
 
As Ashcroft points out, Aid is usually no more nor less than ‘a transfer of resources from the taxpayer of a donor country to the government of a recipient country.’ (Peter Bauer)
And redeposit in the banks of the donor nations...in private accounts.

Pakistan is now expelling various Western aid agencies. Since many of these administer the foreign aid it presumably would now go through government channels???

No, corruption in Pakistan is not a matter for concern, unheard of!...???

I think it is about bloody time Britain had a ‘Trump’ moment and said enough is enough!!!

What possible reason can be given for them to be top recipient for British foreign aid?
 
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All the above begs the question. Why is UK giving our hard earned tax £s to country's that have a nuclear programme, massive standing armies, and in India's case, a space programme, when back in the real world, the homeless numbers are rising, and new food banks are opening up every day?.
Because DFID has to burn it's stupidly large and protected budget somewhere...
 
we get Ethiopian Airlines aircraft coming into Dublin; Boeing 787s, the most expensive commercial aircraft in the world and the country hasn't a pot to piss in (them, not us)...
 
we get Ethiopian Airlines aircraft coming into Dublin; Boeing 787s, the most expensive commercial aircraft in the world and the country hasn't a pot to piss in (them, not us)...
Ethiop Air is, surprisingly, one of the better-run lines in Africa, and their flights are usually fine (reportedly; I haven't flown with them for many years now). In the 90s, though, they were a bit ropy, and on a multi-leg trip you could find yourself marooned in some vile backwater for days while they found an engine or whatever somewhere else on the continent. At the time they were the only line which flew East-West rather than just N - S.
 
Initially started by TWA when Emperor Haile Selassie wanted a national airline Ethiopean Airlines indeed enjoyed a very good reputation for many years as one of Africa’s better airlines. Unlike many it operated as a profitable venture and not just as a vanity project or front for massive corruption as has sadly happened to many ex colonial airlines that were taken over after their independence.
 
Teach them young is a popular catchphrase. Catch them while they are forming foundations for life.

It appears the school curriculum of the Palestinian Authority, which receives funding from British taxpayers is doing just that. Teaching their children who to hate, and who to kill.

Palestinians: The "Ugly Crime" of a School Curriculum

The USA has already begun reducing aid for just this sort of behaviour and it is time the UK paid more attention to where it’s aid money goes, because at the present time, that is where some of it is being spent.
 
 
Ethiop Air is, surprisingly, one of the better-run lines in Africa, and their flights are usually fine (reportedly; I haven't flown with them for many years now). In the 90s, though, they were a bit ropy, and on a multi-leg trip you could find yourself marooned in some vile backwater for days while they found an engine or whatever somewhere else on the continent. At the time they were the only line which flew East-West rather than just N - S.
Nope. Still shit. Shabby aircraft, dirty seats, crap food, amateurish admin on their sites and check in, Addis is a shithole terminal, crews not the brightest and cabin crew mostly clueless. Local crew paid a pittance and it's either a training ground for young western crews wanting command hours/quick route to command or the last chance saloon for the older blokes looking to retire soon.

The only reason people fly with them is they're cheap but you get what you pay for.
 
Nope. Still shit. Shabby aircraft, dirty seats, crap food, amateurish admin on their sites and check in, Addis is a shithole terminal, crews not the brightest and cabin crew mostly clueless. Local crew paid a pittance and it's either a training ground for young western crews wanting command hours/quick route to command or the last chance saloon for the older blokes looking to retire soon.

The only reason people fly with them is they're cheap but you get what you pay for.
A bit like SAA then...
 
SAA crews seem a bit more professional (for how long though?) and the terminal at JNB/CTN is a bit better. The rest is about the same. The slide into chaos continues.
 

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