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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4893980.stm

    I don't see why not, our school system and NHS are simply rolling in cash.

    Probably the best way to spend tax £'s.

    If there was a vote on this, I'm 100% sure that there would be a huge majority of our population wanting the money spent here. Why are politicians so out of touch?

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    Wasted? That's an ignorant comment.

    If the aid is well managed, it can only do good. It's about damn time Africa lost it's reputation as the "dark continent".
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    (Original post by andyukguy)
    If there was a vote on this, I'm 100% sure that there would be a huge majority of our population wanting the money spent here. Why are politicians so out of touch?
    Because unlike the general public the government (and this is any government of any party) realises that as an advanced and prosperous nation we have a duty to help reduce the dreadful poverty in some parts of the world. A few weeks ago the Chancellor announced the budget worth around £552 billion - this isn't a lot of money in context of total spending (£8.5b over 10 years).

    Whilst we have to be careful not just to throw money at Africa it's clear that nothing can be done without the necessary resources.
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    (Original post by LH)
    Because unlike the general public the government (and this is any government of any party) realises that as an advanced and prosperous nation we have a duty to help reduce the dreadful poverty in some parts of the world. A few weeks ago the Chancellor announced the budget worth around £552 billion - this isn't a lot of money in context of total spending (£8.5b over 10 years).

    Whilst we have to be careful not just to throw money at Africa it's clear that nothing can be done without the necessary resources.
    The problem is that there is absolutely no evidence that foreign aid reduces poverty, and there is quite a bit of evidence to the contrary.
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    (Original post by Bismarck)
    The problem is that there is absolutely no evidence that foreign aid reduces poverty, and there is quite a bit of evidence to the contrary.
    Leave them all to die of hunger and preventable disease.
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    (Original post by DemonDemonic)
    Leave them all to die of hunger and preventable disease.
    Foreign aid doesn't get rid of hunger and diseases are treated through the WHO, not through direct foreign aid. The price of emergency food aid is fairly small, and it goes through the WFP and OCHA, and not through direct foreign aid. On the other hand, the corruption and hyperinflation caused by foreign aid does indirectly cause starvation.
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    (Original post by Moron)
    Leave them all to die of hunger and preventable disease.
    Wow, I never have met such ignoramus before. How's it feel?
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    Don't all miss the point here. Our services need all the investment they can get, why are we sending money to Africa while the situation at home is so poor?

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    But, is the situation in the UK that bad?
    Hardly, let me tell you.

    As an African I can vouch for the lacking education facilities here in SA, one of the most developed nations in Africa.

    If the promises were made, the finances are available and most are for it, bar a naive few, then it should go ahead.

    It can only do good. And realise of course that revolutionising the education systems in Africa is no over night job... But an absolute necessety noe the less.
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    (Original post by Randomiser)
    Wow, I never have met such ignoramus before. How's it feel?
    You have that certain nothing.


    Would be a good idea if most of that money went directly to charity to develop individual projects. I don’t see why it can’t. A minister could be responsible in developing schools and hospitial prodjects isn’t that what Clare Short use to do, internatioal development. If that department had the money we would know what was going on and we could see the progress.
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    That is an incredibly selfish thing to say :mad:
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    (Original post by bluedreamer)
    That is an incredibly selfish thing to say :mad:
    So why don't you give your own money to Africa?
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    The fundamental question still remains, if the cash is available, why not use it for foreign aid?

    Charity THRIVES on internal donations, with corporate UK more than sustaining it.

    Africa, mostly, has no internal entities capable of making the kind of finance available that is needed for its growth.

    DemonDemonic, keep in mind your cushy lil life won't be affected at all. It's people like you that make me doubt that "freedom to vote for all" is a good policy. With ignorance like yours behind the pen that makes an ex, one can be thankful for a certain level of government corruption.

    And don't pretend to care about local charities after a comment like this;
    Leave them all to die of hunger and preventable disease.
    Tosser.
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    (Original post by Bismark)
    So why don't you give your own money to Africa?
    She is. And so are you.
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    Thank you Mr Brown. Im glad to see African children will eventually see the benefits of education and this will hopefully lead to less poverty in the third world.
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    (Original post by Randomiser)
    She is. And so are you.
    Voluntarily.

    (Original post by Dhesi)
    Thank you Mr Brown. Im glad to see African children will eventually see the benefits of education and this will hopefully lead to less poverty in the third world.
    Don't you mean thank you Mr. Brown, the tyrants and bureaucrats in Africa will now be able to buy bigger cars and bigger mansions?
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    (Original post by Bismarck)
    So why don't you give your own money to Africa?
    I do, and not just Africa. It's not much, but at least I'm helping
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    (Original post by bluedreamer)
    I do, and not just Africa. It's not much, but at least I'm helping
    So why force people to pay through taxation? Anyone who wants to help Africa is absolutely free to do so by giving to charity. Not that this solves Africa's long-term problems, but at least you can feel better about yourself.
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    (Original post by Randomiser)
    And don't pretend to care about local charities after a comment like this;
    Obviouly irony and sarcsaim delude the dense, I think Bismarck picked up on it. As a avid socialist it is obvious that the comment was intended in mockery and satire of the previous post.

    I don't need to pretend I am a member of the Labour party who moved 700000 people out of poverty
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    (Original post by andyukguy)
    Our services need all the investment they can get, why are we sending money to Africa while the situation at home is so poor?
    I think you've answered the question. What better way for a leader in waiting to avoid the problems at home? Brown see's Africa as an easy way to inhance his image as a world statesmen whilst conveniently directing attention away from domestic issues. It's almost as cynical as Blair's RESPECT agenda; whenever there's a problem he relaunches the campaign to steal the headlines and make himself look good.
 
 
 
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