To aid or not to aid

  namtas 16:26 11 Feb 2014
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The Daily Mail has today launched a petition requesting that the UK government divert more of its £11 billion foreign Aid budget towards emergency use her in the UK.

I agree, and whilst not knowing the full story behind the need or use all of the aid sent overseas, I feel that quite often we appear to be more wiling to help others before our own.

  oresome 17:23 11 Feb 2014

I believe the Tories pledged to enshrine the Foreign Aid budget to 0.7% of our wealth in law in their manifesto and it also formed part of the coalition agreement.

We criticise politicians when they don't keep to their promises. It now looks like we will criticise them even, or especially if they do!

Who'd be a politician eh?

  kad292 17:46 11 Feb 2014

Copied and pasted that comment and the Daily Muck said that the policy had been shelved,some politicians got cold feet making a promise into a legal requirement,not worth "ringfencing" apparently. Some aid might do some good but we,the paying public ,are never given the facts

  Aitchbee 18:21 11 Feb 2014

All of the English people that have been affected by the freak weather are going through a very hard time at the moment, but relatively speaking, compared to the suffering of the peoples of the 'Third World Countries' to which Foreign Aid money is targeted, they have been inconvenienced a tad.

  bumpkin 18:47 11 Feb 2014

Those that have been unfortunate enough to be a tad inconvenienced as you put it may feel that our aid to other countries that can afford space programs could be put to better use here.

  Aitchbee 18:53 11 Feb 2014

Our donations to India are bearing fruit.

  bumpkin 18:59 11 Feb 2014

"Our donations to India are bearing fruit." Go on then:-)

  oresome 19:03 11 Feb 2014

David Cameron cancels Middle East visit to lead flooding response.

Speaking from Downing Street, Cameron sought to move on to a new footing by saying that money would be no object as he lavished praise on the staff of the much criticised environment agency.

  Aitchbee 19:08 11 Feb 2014

The money which is generously donated by the people of the UK to the poeple of India in the guise of Foreign Aid will ensure that the ties between these two great nations will never go down-the-tubes ... so it's best not to rock-the-boat ... give 'em Aid.

  spuds 19:12 11 Feb 2014

"Speaking from Downing Street, Cameron sought to move on to a new footing by saying that money would be no object as he lavished praise on the staff of the much criticised environment agency."

Must be an election forthcoming or a reprimand for Pickles!.

  fourm member 19:49 11 Feb 2014

Only the Mail could manage to turn the flooding crisis into an opportunity to attack foreigners.

Whoops, it's not only the Mail. Farage started it.

It really is enough to make you deeply ashamed of being British.

I'd be a bit more impressed if the Mail started by saying it would donate an amount equal to all the tax its proprietor has avoided over the years.

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