One of the more depressing aspects of political debate and the recent race to populism has been the attack on the foreign aid budget. You know the sort of thing I mean, not the usual and understandable debate about the effects timeless of individual projects, but the morality of spending any money abroad when we should be ‘ looking after our own’.
In certain sections of the media it seems to be the nexterm target followingredients Brexit and certainly has a lot of traction on social media amongst conservative current and former Labour voters where I live. I sense that the more it dawns on them that Brexit won’t actually materially improve the lives anytime soon, if at all, the more the focus shifts to the billions that might be freed from the aid budget and how that might solve everything at a stroke.
I have you say I find this all terribly depressing. Not least because if anything it makes me less inclined to want to contribute more towards helping ‘ our own ‘ people. It also frustrates me that whilst I am berated for supporting the foreign aid budget, I equally harangued if I question the point » Continue Reading.