Thursday, 24 September 2009
Dougie Alexander: Rocket Scientist
photo thanks to the Daily Mail
No really. It appears that the brother of Wendy Alexander is helping to fund a major part of the Indian Space Programme, which announced the discovery of water on the moon by its moon probe. Wee Dougie is the Secretary of State for DFID which has given India £200 million annually since 2001 according to this booklet. Admittedly, British taxpayers' money is actually spent on schemes to alleviate poverty, but why doesn't the Indian government give that a higher priority than space technology? How many British moon probes have there been? In return, Tata Industries is planning to close either the Solihull (LandRover) or Castle Bromwich (Jaguar) plants despite receiving subsidised loans. I reckon Dougie should pilot the next Indian moon probe so he can plant his saltire where the sun doesn't shine (the far side). The plain fact is that international development allows countries to continue playing at empires after they granted independence.