An image has gone viral on Facebook because it explains exactly why taxpayers’ foreign aid cash needs to stay in Britain and help those at home who desperately need it.
It was shared online more than a year ago, but it has exploded in popularity in recent weeks, and it says:
We need to send money to the following country: GREAT BRITAIN
Many are without food, shelter and clean drinking water. Residents are going without heat during the winter.
Millions are without jobs – we need good healthcare for the sick.
We have people in Britain that lack the basic human needs.
STOP sending our money overseas to countries that want to see our country Britain go under.
Do you agree with this statement? Do you?
If so, repost this … Charity begins at home.
We should stop sending foreign aid to countries that have the bomb and also space rockets. We need our money for our own people.
The days have gone when we had money to give away. It never goes to the people who need the help. Charity begins at home. Let’s sort out our own country first and I mean our own people. Not the scroungers who have poured in over the last 10 years or so.
Seen in our local park this morning while hubby was walking dogs, a poor rough sleeper in sleeping bag, thick frost on ground, he was lying on a bench. Another kind dog walker we know had gone home made a flask of coffee and sandwich for him. This is how the poor are left to exist, well it is disgusting beyond belief!
The UK government has just stopped sending Foreign Aid to North Korea
After a great deal of pressure from both the public and government officials, it has been announced that all foreign aid payments to North Korea has been suspended.
The news has been confirmed by the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
According a report in The Express:
He acted after public outrage over Britain’s bloated overseas commitments and the escalation of the basket case regime’s nuclear weapons programme.
The UK has funnelled £4million of Official Development Assistance to the communist state since 2010 – during a period when it has ratcheted up tensions with the West.
Official documents show that last year the country – run by dictator Kim Jong-un and labelled a pariah by the international community – received £216,000 in handouts from Britain.
The Foreign Office said: “The Foreign Secretary has instructed officials to discontinue funding for all aid projects in North Korea.
“We remain resolute in our condemnation of the North Korean regime’s human rights abuses.
“North Korea’s continued attempts to develop nuclear weapons are unacceptable. We remain at the forefront of international efforts to impose sanctions on the regime.”
While this is naturally excellent news, mainly because there is no way that we should be sending taxpayers’ money to a nation that is threatening to wipe us off the face of the earth, we do have to ask why this hasn’t happened sooner.
There is a constant debate about whether or not the whole concept of foreign aid is flawed, especially at a time when our public services at home are under so much financial pressure.
Read on for more information about another questionable use of foreign aid.
It has been reported that the Indian government has recently launched a £383m submarine – an interesting developing seeing that the country receives £47m in Foreign Aid from the United Kingdom.
According to a report on New Observer Online, the vessel INS Kalvari will cost around $500,000,000, and the government is due to take delivery of it shortly.
The report states: The INS Kalvari is the first of the Indian Navy’s six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India.
They are diesel-electric attack submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
At the same time, India has received £47,195,338 in “aid” from the British government, that is, the British taxpayers.
According to the UK’s Department of International Development’s (DFID) website, the British tax money is used to provide “Affordable Housing in Poor States” which provides “loans to build 17,000 housing units and 10,000 home loans for first-time home owners. This will result in 27,000 construction jobs for the poorest people in low income states in India by 2020.”
Another project is to “Promote More Rigorous and Systematic Assessment of the Impact of Development Policies and Programmes,” which, the DFID says, is to invest in “impact evaluation is part of DFID’s overall strategy on results to strengthen independent evaluation and stimulate the production of public goods inherent to impact evaluation studies.”
There are all sorts of ways to look at this, but they always seem to boil down to one key point.
Surely if the Indian government can afford to spend this vast sum on a submarine, they are more than capable of supporting their own people.
We have discussed this sort of thing before, and our position hasn’t changed – we will always support the British government providing Foreign Aid in situations where there is a genuine and legitimate need for it.
However, we fail to see how any Foreign Aid for India can be justified when there is this sort of expenditure on defence.