Foreign aid isn’t about helping the world’s poor

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“The UK government’s proposal to reduce foreign aid temporarily from 0.7 per cent of GDP to 0.5 is certainly exercising our political and media classes. … Many of the government’s critics seem most upset about what the reduction says about the UK in relation to other rich, largely Western nations. They point, for example, to Germany’s decision to increase its foreign aid contribution to just over 0.7 per cent, putting it well above the UK. And they lament the fact that the UK is set to drop below France in the foreign-aid league table. It’s all so ‘humiliating’ and ‘embarrassing,’ especially with the G7 summit this week, the government’s critics say. That’s what this is about. This isn’t about helping the world’s most in need. It’s about the self-esteem of the UK’s political and media class.” (06/08/21)