VOTERS CALL TO SLASH FOREIGN AID SPENDING – If you want to upset the average voting taxpayer just try telling them how valuable Foreign Aid spending is and how it goes to help so many poor and unfortunate people around the world. You might on the other hand wan to approach the subject with extreme caution considering most people in the UK feel that the Foreign Aid budget is one of the most wasteful uses of taxpayers’ money – a waste that could so easily be stopped.
Cuts, cuts and more cuts, that’s all the government is talking about. The Tory’s know that if they are going to stand even the remotest chance of being re-elected in the 2015 General Elections then it must now bring public spending under control and money that is used must be channeled in a direction that benefits the population of the UK and not some despot leader in African building himself a luxury home at our expense.
Considering the governments’ insistence that this coming budget is going to be one of austerity and deep cuts to government spending it comes as no surprise that voters are calling for the cull of the Foreign Aid budget. Most voters simply cannot see the benefits of giving billions of pounds to various foreign countries where most of it, acknowledged by the government, never gets to its intended target and often ends up in the bank accounts of corruption government officials in those countries.
It was announced recently by the Department for International Development intends to restructure the way it provides finances by using UK businesses to use the money for intended projects such as infrastructure.
While this may seem like a good idea on the surface, it too has issue of being susceptible to corruption. Foreign governments will invariably offer lucrative contracts to those companies who are willing to slip graft payments under the table; which in turn leads us right back to square one… wasting the taxpayers money.
According to the statistics that I read, it shows that 55% of the UK voters would like to see a significant reduction and I am surprised this figure wasn’t running into 90% plus with the connotation that Foreign Aid be stopped altogether.
The British people are not averse to putting their hands into their pockets when others are in dire need. We are a charitable people, however most of us take grave offense when money is extracted from us, through taxation that goes to others that either do not need it or simply filter the funds via various bank accounts until it lands firmly in an account of the corrupt.
Think about his for one moment… Read the article on the first link above. This African leader took £19 million of the British Taxpayers’ money and spent £17 million of it on building new homes for him and his family. Now take the scenario that if the British public refused to pay their taxes, due to the level of incompetence by the Department of International Development and the corruptive practices of foreign governments, then they would face imprisonment.
That is the stark truth… the taxpayer is forced, through legislation, to provide money for corrupt governments and if we refuse to do so we are imprisoned. Who says crime doesn’t pay?
I think we can all appreciate that there are those who are in dire need of our help and the average British taxpayer has genuine sympathy for those people. However there is no escaping the real truth that so much of the Foreign Aid Budget is wasted each and every year just to fuel the greed of those who have control.
It is certainly time that this government came up with measures to ensure that every single penny is accounted, not just in its own books, but more importantly the recipient governments and if any such funds cannot be accounted for then foreign aid, to those governments, should be withdrawn.