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    Please sign the petition if you agree.

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125692


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    Nice, but I would rather like it reduced and spent on a smaller selection of countries then scarping it.
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    (Original post by cosmicstarbeast)
    Nice, but I would rather like it reduced and spent on a smaller selection of countries then scarping it.
    Agreed. The petition doesn't imply scrapping it, it just suggests not allocating such a high percentage of our gross national income towards it.
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    The petition doesn't seem to be too popular in London...

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    (Original post by NickLCFC)
    The petition doesn't seem to be too popular in London...

    Hardly surprising
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    Stop foreign aid!!!! These cuts wouldn't happen otherwise
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    nah long 4 man
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    It's a very small proportion of our GDP and it's going towards generally good causes. If you want to have a review on who that money is going to then okay, but the budget itself shouldn't decrease. These recipients need it more than we do.
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    We should spend more not less, we are one of the richest nations on the planet we have a moral obligation to help other countries develop as we have especially in more environmentally friendly ways that we have done which this aid could support along with other humanitarian issues. Perhaps more oversight should be put into place to make sure that corrupt officials in foreign countries do not misuse it but we should definitely not be cutting it because of a few at the top decided to be selfish.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    It's a very small proportion of our GDP and it's going towards generally good causes. If you want to have a review on who that money is going to then okay, but the budget itself shouldn't decrease. These recipients need it more than we do.
    This this this this this this!

    Zero point seven percent. Zero point seven. 0.7
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    The term foreign aid is somewhat misleading, given that the money is not so much purely intended to be humanitarian, but to be an extension of the UK's influence through soft power.

    Stopping international crime and promoting peace worldwide aren't done altruistically, they are of strategic importance to the UK. Through a good combination of soft power and hard power, the UK can be a coercive influence on the world stage.

    My issue is not so much with the amount as with the use. Recent reports of links between aid and terrorism, combined with aid to rich countries like India rightly raise questions.

    It's debatable how much the UK gets back from this investment, and I would be in favour of ensuring the money is spent more efficiently and significantly cutting the budget, but it should not be scrapped altogether.

    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    It's a very small proportion of our GDP and it's going towards generally good causes. If you want to have a review on who that money is going to then okay, but the budget itself shouldn't decrease. These recipients need it more than we do.
    That is not a good basis on which to decide who gets what. The British taxpayer's money should be used to promote the interests of Britain and the British people. A government's first duty is to its people, not to some lofty notion of selflessly alleviating the misery of the world.
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    Foreign aid should be replaced with disaster aid
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    (Original post by Bernie2016)
    We should spend more not less, we are one of the richest nations on the planet we have a moral obligation to help other countries develop as we have especially in more environmentally friendly ways that we have done which this aid could support along with other humanitarian issues. Perhaps more oversight should be put into place to make sure that corrupt officials in foreign countries do not misuse it but we should definitely not be cutting it because of a few at the top decided to be selfish.
    We're a rich nation but the people of our nation are not rich. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of UK citizens are living in borderline poverty and the government will continue to make cuts to public services. The money from the foreign aid budget could benefit the crumbling NHS, it could benefit the flooding damages from December 2015 that was believed to come to a total cost of nearly £5billion, etc.
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    That is not a good basis on which to decide who gets what. The British taxpayer's money should be used to promote the interests of Britain and the British people. A government's first duty is to its people, not to some lofty notion of selflessly alleviating the misery of the world.
    Of course, and that's why 99.3% of the GDP doesn't go on foreign aid.

    (Original post by sdotd)
    Foreign aid should be replaced with disaster aid
    Help the people after the worst has already happened rather than helping them avoid disasters in the first place? Can't think of anything wrong with that...
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    (Original post by NickLCFC)
    Please sign the petition if you agree.

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125692


    Selfish... we should be spending more than spending less, but use it more efficent. not for India space programme.
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    This this this this this this!

    Zero point seven percent. Zero point seven. 0.7
    And that's £12,000,000,000 that could be used to benefit the people of our own country whilst the government continues to make cuts to our own public services.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6942301.html
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    Imagine a slice of cake with 0.7% of it missing… that's a LOT of cake still available to share. If 0.7% of our GDP was a problem, we'd know about it by now. I really think this is a non-issue and the fact this petition exists is pretty shameful. It's always someone else's fault… and there's always something to blame… foreign aid, however, is most certainly not why the cuts have been put forward and even if the gov't did reduce its spending, I'm sorry, but it wouldn't make any difference to the cuts. Remember… it's ZERO point seven percent.

    (Original post by NickLCFC)
    And that's £12,000,000,000 that could be used to benefit the people of our own country whilst the government continues to make cuts to our own public services.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6942301.html
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    (Original post by NickLCFC)
    And that's£12,000,000,000that could be used to benefit the people of our own country whilst the government continues to make cuts to our own public services.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6942301.html
    That money is owed to the many Muslims in the world who have suffered at the hands of the U.K. I argue it should be higher
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    Signed.

    That money should be put to use helping Britons not outlanders. We can help them once we've cleaned up our own mess.
 
 
 
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