KT53, re foreign aid. Britain currently spends 0.7% of its gross national income on foreign aid - this level is a UN (note, not EU) commitment which all developed countries are supposed to adhere to. Not all do. (Sweden gives 1.4%; USA a smaller percentage but the largest overall amount.)
40% of the aid goes to "multilateral organisations" like the United Nations; the rest is paid directly to developing countries. The biggest amount last year was paid to Africa, £2.54 bn. "Developing countries" still includes China and India, which is a problem for many people and I believe something is to be done about it - though the government say both countries still have a huge population of rural poor who need help.
Surprisingly, surveys suggest the vast majority of Britons are in favour of this degree of aid provision, seeing it as our moral obligation. Politicians say, in addition, that aid prevents failed states from becoming lawless havens for terrorists, builds long-term markets for British goods, and reduces the likelihood of mass migration due to famine etc.
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No idea what happened with the previous post, but what I was saying is that at no point have I said I'm opposed to foreign aid. I am opposed to a % figure being set as it simply encourages spending on worthless projects simply to hit targets. The money needs to be controlled totally by UK based organisations to prevent it going to corrupt governments or individuals.