Spend money on army not foreign aid, says former defence minister - Telegraph Is soft power worth the cost? From my perspective the British Council for instance have influenced many younger people and the up and coming in foreign governments through their English language programmes not only in Central Europe but around the world - as an example, Slovakia was about to derail in 1997 with officers talking of topping Meciar, but it has transitioned into a democracy. However, is soft power in all its guises worth it? Would it be better to spend the money on the military? Answers on a post card please!