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The NHS NEEDS our bloated foreign aid budget says NIGEL FARAGE

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The NHS NEEDS our bloated foreign aid budget says NIGEL FARAGE

WHEN asked about his proudest achievement as prime minister in 2014, David Cameron said: “I am proud of the fact that we have taken 0.7 per cent of this year’s GDP.”

Nigel Farage

Foreign aid would be better spent on crumbling local services or the NHS
Three years on and not much has changed.

Theresa May also subscribes to the idea that £13.3billion of British taxpayers’ cash should be spent abroad and not here in this country instead.

May said she was “very proud of the record we have” on the subject in the general election campaign.

And in September when said she felt “frustrated” that the budget couldn’t be used to help victims of Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands, I simply despaired.

The Labour Party are no better.

If we did end up with a Corbyn government you can imagine the budget soaring even higher.

There is no meaningful opposition in Westminster against Britain’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid.

Like so often is the case with our political class it is clear the British public don’t share the same enthusiasm for our out of control foreign aid budget that Cameron, May and Corbyn hold.

Opinion on this issue is clear. In 2016, an OBR poll said that more than twice as many people want to scrap the target than keep it and Ukip’s stance of cutting the budget chimed with many.

It was reported that government departments were struggling to spend the overseas aid money they’d been allocated this year.

Well I can think of more than a few ways to spend the money here.

I made these arguments repeatedly during the 2015 general election.

As Ukip leader I said, while some genuine foreign aid is good, a large amount of this money could be much better spent on our NHS, crumbling local services or dealing with the deficit. Perhaps we would be more relaxed if we felt the money was being spent well.

Yet time and again we see money wasted on extraordinary political projects.

Nigel Farage

Foreign aid would be better spent on crumbling local services or the NHS
 

It is clear the British public don’t share the same enthusiasm for our out of control foreign aid budget that Cameron, May and Corbyn hold

Nigel Farage

 

 

For example, splurging £4million in aid to North Korea and handing the EU another £1billion to pay consultants is unacceptable and the waste almost unbelievable.

It is even more bizarre that we are sending money to countries’ space programmes.

The old adage that foreign aid is paid for by taking money from poor people in rich countries and sending it to rich people in poor countries still holds.

I wonder if we had a referendum on this what the result would be.

I commend the Daily Express for yet another of its campaigns that chimes with the great British public.

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