UKIP launched their manifesto today and one of their policies is to reduce foreign aid spending.
This is exactly the kind of policy that ‘Kippers will like because they probably assume that a massive was flies out every year so that Johnny Foreigner gets a pool or something, when it really should be used on reintroducing national service or building a giant wall around the UK.
For me it was just depressing to think that this is what might be a deciding factor in how some people vote.
“Send money to victims of natural disasters or the developing world? Bah! Not on my watch.”
You must be one callous dude or dudette to think like that.
And before anyone chips in with “charity begins at home”, tell me exactly how UKIP are sticking up for our poorest and most vulnerable?
The thing is on issues like this the general public will, sadly listen. This is because they are pessimists or morons, sometimes both. A study a few years back (link) revealed that the general public tend to think things are worse (subjectively) than they actually are.
Foreign aid is one of these.
In 2013 the UK hit its foreign aid target. That target was 0.7% of the gross national income.
That’s pretty damn low already.
The Guardian (link) worked out this was £180 per person. Or £15 a month.
That’s not a lot.
UKIP would argue that its wrong for each UK citizen to be deprived of £180 a year. Well, that’s not the issue. The government would find somewhere else to spend it, and probably somewhere less moral than foreign aid.
Personally I’m glad and proud that the UK aids other nations. But maybe I’m just soft or, you know, possessing compassion.
Not only are UKIP wrong, but contradictory. They should embrace foreign aid spending.
UKIP are extremely anti-immigrant (unless they’ve married them) and this xenophobic nature lurks behind the “cheery bloke with a pint” photo ops. It’s little wonder the party is repeatedly hit with racism scandals, racism being xenophobia’s nastier big brother.
The thing is if you don’t want immigrants the sending money abroad is a good idea. It’ll improve the situation there, and the nicer it is there the less likely they’ll want to come over here.
Nige and co. should want to spend more- a theme park in every Polish town, ponies for all Nigerians and free WiFi coverage for every inch of Romania.
Of course, that’d be a harder sell. Far easier to ignore the facts and scare a bunch of heartless, pessimistic morons.
The kind of people who have ensured that Comic Relief has to point out they help UK causes too.
When did we get so heartless, Britain?
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.