The whole point of the Tories was supposed to be that they are bastards, but they possess basic competency. How far have we fallen if the Exchequer is now manned by people who can't even fcking count?
This does tangentially relate to the madness of having an aid budget fixed at 0.7% of GNP. It means that you're in a situation where you have to spend that money no matter what, which means you'll always find charlatans and con artists who will sidle up to civil servants and say, "Don't worry, I'll help you spend the money ". And we end up with idiotic programmes like this where they blew £9 million helping to develop the Nigerian leather export industry
As if we don't have British businesses that desperately need government aid but are turned down because of the neoliberal dogma that opposes any state aid even to vital, strategic industries.
It also reminds me of those great lines from Ronald Reagan's 1964 speech A Time for Choosing where he ridicules the things the US foreign aid budget has been spent on;
Anyway, there seems to be a major issue of competence here. The Tories are falling apart. Unfortunately Labour will never be able to capitalise on it while it is led by a grubby aging Trot who is only one-degree-of-separation away in association from the mastermind of the November Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Corbyn's connection to this beast was through his friend Abou Jahjah, the founder of Sharia4Belgium)With that money, we bought a 2 million dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya[n] government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity.
Government overspends aid budget by £172 million "by accident"
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Last edited by BeastOfSyracuse; 05-04-2016 at 10:34.
- 05-04-2016 10:33
- 05-04-2016 11:56
This represents an overspend of about 1% of the total budget, making the whole thing a bit of a storm-in-a-teacup situation. The budget is just a plan after all, not an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes circumstances change.
The question of whether foreign aid always goes to be the best causes is still a valid one, although I don't think a few mistakes should mean we ought to abolish the entire idea, it just needs more thought and planning. There are tons of examples from history (and from the present too I imagine) of charitable acts that ended up causing more harm than good. Most of these were down to bad organisation, the old adage of throwing money at a problem in the hope it goes away, rather than investigating properly, spending time in order to make the money go as far as it possibly can.
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- 05-04-2016 12:30
I don't particularly think that it is the foreign aid budget is particularly important to this story. This is just yet another blow to the Tory's narrative they that are the sensible, responsible ones. It turns out they are just as useless, incompetent and ****ing stupid as the Labour Party is.
No doubt the British public will somehow think constantly rotating between the two major parties, both who have consistently proven to be utterly terrible at just about everything, is going to bring them anything else than utter misery.