Millions of Britons miserable and often homeless as the authorities struggle with the floods ravaging wide areas of Britain will be comforted to hear where they stand in the Government’s priorities. Behind the Third World.
Speaking on behalf of the Government to LBC radio on Thursday 13th February , Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg categorically refused to release a penny of the £11 billion a year foreign aid handout budget to help the Environment Agency and local authorities desperately struggling to cope with the rising waters.
The corrupt Third World dictators and officials in whose back pockets and Swiss bank accounts most foreign aid handouts actually end up will be delighted that the flow of British taxpayers’ cash will not dry up. Politically Correct Guardian readers will also be able to go on basking in a smug glow of self-righteous Third-World-Firstism.
The growing number of ordinary Britons made homeless by a rising tide of stinking, sewage-contaminated floodwater or trapped as road and rail links succumb to the weather may well take a rather different view of the Government’s priorities.
Our view is expressed in the phrase “Charity begins at home”. When our own people are suffering, their needs must come first.
Whether foreign aid is ever well spent is debatable – it has been described as “a process whereby money from poor people in rich countries is sent to rich people in poor countries”. But in present circumstances there is no doubt: taxpayers’ money must be diverted to help Britons fight and recover from this flood crisis.