In another moved certain to increase his popularity amongst the British public, Boris has demanded the Government spend UK overseas aid money on the “objectives of the British people” as he claims the UK is showing “magnificent disdain” for the “national priority” compared to other countries.
He has used his Monday Telegraph column to again savage Theresa May and the Government saying:
Everywhere you go, you will find other countries that subtly or openly use their development aid budgets as leverage to support their exports, or other popular objectives. Britain has refused.
With a magnificent disdain for anything so grubby as a national priority, we shove the money out of the door and into the arms of the big corporate charitable organisations that are only too happy to spend it on our behalf, no questions asked.
Foreign aid has traditionally been run in an austere, purist way, as a kind of Scandiwegian NGO with no account of the economic or political or diplomatic objectives of the British people.
As the world loses its forests, at a rate of 18.7million acres a year, the most immediate victims are the 1.6billion people, most of them poor, whose livelihoods depends on forests.
The lost animals mean a lost chance for innumerable good and sustainable jobs in conservation.
The Earth has lost something like half its wild animals in the last 40 years, and that catastrophic reduction in numbers is also a disaster for the human population of Africa.
Because the lost animals mean a lost chance for innumerable good and sustainable jobs in conservation and protection. they are overwhelmingly deserving of Overseas Development Assistance”.
When I see an African elephant, I feel rage that their population is now down to 300,000, and that we are losing these animals at a rate of 8 percent a year.
We must make sure that as far as we can, within the rules, we spend our aid in a way that is at least consistent with the political and commercial priorities of this country.
We just shove the money out of the door and into the arms of the big corporate charitable organisations.”
The UK has committed to spending 0.7 percent of its annual output on international aid and this latest pitch to reform Foreign Aid will surely continue to see him gain even more support amongst the wider British Public who are sick of Foreign Aid going to rich countries and funding dictators lifestyles.
Likewise there is growing disquiet with the Charity sector and its six figure salaries for executives such as David Milliband who earns over £500,000 a year supporting ‘refugees’.
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