Friday, 18 February 2011

I Dare You, Andrew Mitchell

To propose a 100% cut of international aid and the winding-up of your Department for International Development and then rely on the democratic pressure of 533,341 people signing an online petition to reverse your decision.

If Caroline Spelman can very graciously row back from off-loading Forestry Commission land in England so quickly, why can't you do the same for your Coalition government's ridiculous increase from £8 billion to £11 billion a year of the ring-fenced aid budget? Was that daft commitment merely a consequence of Theresa May's publicity-seeking "Nasty Party" soundbite or is there a scintilla of reason behind it? David Cameron said "We're all in this together" so you ought to say that our aid recipients, and ask them to buy lower spec Land Cruisers, at least until our economy looks a bit healthier.

It would be very interesting to see if your voters actually prefer, when allowed to express an opinion, oak trees to Indian rocket scientists.

1 comment:

Thud said...

The odd bit of disaster aid yes,a penny or two towards worthy bits and bobs but then not a single bean more.