Wednesday, 28 April 2010

International Aid For India

A dozen C-17s on exercise over America.

The UK is giving India in £825 million development aid between 2008 and 2012. None of the main parties intend to cut international development spending despite the PSBR reaching £165 billion per year. How nice that the heirs of Gandhi wish to spend £5.6 billion to buy 10 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. It will keep Boeing workers in employment. Which is nice. Wouldn't it be better for the Indian government to spend more money the improve the standard of living of its world-leading population of poor people instead of trying to militarily outbling Pakistan in the region thereby destabilising a tinderbox? Or for our government to spend that money by reducing the national debt?

A poor woman in Orissa drying cowpats for cooking fuel.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In a rather cruel ironic twist, the British army also want to buy C-17s but has to scale back their ambitions as they cannot afford as many as they need.