KT53


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Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:43
Liriodendron says:

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.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:40
Liriodendron says:
Surprisingly, surveys suggest the vast majority of Britons are in favour of this degree of aid provision, seeing it as our moral obligation.  .See original post



 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:47
Liriodendron says:

I know the NHS isn't being supported.  It's scandalous.  But I don't think cutting the foreign aid budget is the answer.


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 If foreign aid was actually spent on useful projects I might be inclined to agree.  When you see the reports of the wastage, mis management and corruption around foreign aid the agreement is less easy to give.

Any dahias which don't need to be lifted?

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 19:31

Thanks for the suggestions.  I might just give them a try.

Any dahias which don't need to be lifted?

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 18:14

We're in Gloucestershire.  Fairly sheltered but do get our share of rain and frosts.  We are protected by the Cotswold escarpment from the worst of the winter.

Any dahias which don't need to be lifted?

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:51

My missus loves dahlias but I honestly can't be bothered with digging up the tubers and storing them every year.  Are there any dahlias which can simply be planted in the borders and forgotten about?

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:48

There is a spray which works and it's very satisfying to watch the little buggers dropping off the plants, particularly when they seem to be having 'fun'.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:45
pansyface says:

A THOUSAND THANK YOUS TO THE INVENTOR OF ADBLOCKERS.


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 Agreed.  Is there anything similar for Android tablets?  All I've managed to find so far is Adblocker as a browser for Android and I like the browser I'm currently using.

Organic eradication of slugs and snails in beds!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:43

I was looking at organic slug treatment today.  The problem with the one I was looking at is that you need to put a solid ring of the stuff around each plant individually, to create a physical barrier.  That's not a practical proposition in a garden the size of mine.  I haven't yet found anything organic which is effective for large areas.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 08:09

I know we shouldn't be surprised by the actions or words of an politician, but I'm sure I remember Cameron saying words to the effect that he would support leaving the EU if he didn't get what he wanted from renegotiation.  He actually got very little, if anything, new but suddenly leaving the EU will mean the end of the world as we know it. 


What has changed so fundamentally that in the space of a few months he can go from being accepting that leaving can be a good idea to a Doomsday scenario?  Why weren't all the downside risks put forward by the Remain group from Day 1?


I think that a new scare story coming out almost daily is actually likely to encourage people to vote to leave, because they will realise that much of what is being said it ridiculous.  If some of what is being said is simply unbelievable why should any of it be believed?

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