WMN Letters: Overseas aid is a big issue for many
Was Godfrey Bloom right when he made his statement about overseas aid? Yes. Was he right when he said that such statements are being made in pubs, clubs and dining rooms across the country? Yes. Was he a little indiscreet referring to ‘Bongo Bongo Land’? Perhaps. It undoubtedly upset the lefties, the Guardian readers and Mr James Naughtie of the BBC who tried to give Mr Bloom a hard time during an interview.
When one has countries such as India contemptuously describing our gift as ‘a drop in the ocean’ and read about how some of our overseas aid is spent in some countries, one does wonder if we in Great Britain are just regarded as a ‘soft touch’ by corrupt leaders in some of those countries.
I’m sure that no-one would object to helping countries in real need, but there must be tighter regulation as to how and where this money is spent and on what. The problem is that the politicians of all parties refuse to look at the problem or listen to what their constituents are saying – and in case one or more read this letter, it is the case that in a time when money is tight and our own people are struggling to make ends meet, charity begins at home.
by Paul Mercer, Tavistock
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