FOREIGN AID BY GODFREY BLOOM – Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP, recently got a roasting from the mainstream press and his EU counterparts for referring to recipients of Foreign Aid as being from Bongo Bongo land.
Mr Bloom has been branded a bigot and a racist but few bothered to answer the most pertinent question… What are the African States doing with our money?
The following was written by Godfrey Bloom on the issue of Foreign Aid
Paradoxically the quest for the conservative Party to de-toxify its brand has, if anything, increased the toxicity.
There is absolutely no moral high ground involved in borrowing money from your children and grandchildren to give away to the governments of other nations no matter how good the cause may be superficially. In a free society philanthropic works should be the preserve of the individual or private institution.
This government is borrowing over £120 billion per year, it has printed (counterfeited) £350 billion, the national debt will be 50% higher in 2015/16 than it was when this administration took office. The annual deficit spending has barely been touched, middle England’s standard of living has been flat-lining since 2005.
We have cut defence spending, the primary role of government to dangerous levels. We are closing Accident & Emergency wings of our regional hospitals. Taxation is crippling the economy, 20% VAT, national insurance, employer insurance contributions (a tax on jobs), youth unemployment at 30% and rising in the North of England, the highest cost of petrol and diesel in the industrialized world.
Energy costs soaring, roads pot holed, university charges completely out of reach, the list is endless. The Chancellor’s own estimate of GDP growth next year hovers at 1%. Yet the government continues to ring fence Foreign Aid to 0.7% of GDP. Even if we attain 1% in 2014/15 it means over 70% of that growth is to be given away. Moreover since 2002 Foreign Aid has been on an almost no strings basis. The list of recipients is extraordinary. Most non EU countries have higher GDP growth than the UK. There is overwhelming evidence aid actually destabilizes recipient economies.
The UK gives £1.5 billion per year direct to the EU and 43% of aid is channelled through the conduit of EU institutions. As in all things related to the EU, the audit trail by the EU’s own auditors shows the system is deeply flawed. Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan have a totally unsatisfactory audit trail.
The western industrial democracies have very sophisticated charity infrastructures and there are tax incentives for both personal and institutional philanthropy. It is not the role of government.
In the last two years aid has averaged about £1 billion per month. Much of it to build windmills in Africa or F16s for the Pakistan Air Force. Most men and women up and down the country regard this as completely insane, many freely use the word treason.
We are a generous nation and give more per capita in charitable donations than almost any other advanced economy. We would give more if it was not for the crippling burden of taxation. The Prime Minister, Chancellor and Leader of the Opposition are relatively wealthy men. If they want to give money to good causes I applaud them. But it is morally indefensible to take taxation from people already desperately struggling to give away when we bear the greatest debt in the nation’s history. It must stop and stop now with the only exception being emergency crisis assistance.
— Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP —
Considering all the austerity measures the Government imposes on the people do you think it’s time to cut out foreign aid? Please leave your comments below.