(Original post by NickLCFC)
Please sign the petition if you agree.
This is a bad idea.
People on this thread have cited poverty figures for the UK, but poverty in Britain is nothing like the absolute, extreme poverty that hundreds of millions experience elsewhere.
There's also no justification for putting the interests of British people above those of people far away, unless people are seriously willing to argue that the location in which one is born somehow makes one's suffering more important.
And, foreign aid, particularly in the domain of global health, is massively beneficial to those who are much worse off than anyone is in this country. There's also some indication that the government is targeting aid towards more effective causes
, such as research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
At best, foreign aid needs to be targeted towards the most cost-effective causes, just as our charitable donations need to be. But, claiming that the budget should be reduced is illogical; it should actually be increased.
As for the problems in this country, we could start by abandoning the unnecessary spending cuts that the government is making, clamping down on tax avoidance and evasion (instead of doing deals with Google), and increasing taxation on the wealthy (not necessarily through the traditional routes, but through Land Value Taxation, for instance). Let's address the economic system, which has caused living standards to grow incredibly slowly over the passed few decades. As Warren Buffett put it: class warfare is going on, and it's his class that are winning.