Nick Clegg has mounted a robust defence of the foreign aid bill and claimed that the coalition will commit Britain by law to spend billions overseas every year.Oh, really? And why?
Mr Clegg insisted that the aid bill was in our ‘self-interest’ and linked the plight of the poor abroad to terrorism and immigration problems at home.Ah, it’s ransom money, then, ‘don’t hurt us too badly!’ money, is it?
He admitted he had a ‘job to explain to people back home’ why the UK would put into law its promise to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on aid.I’ll say!
After all, it’s not like others haven’t reached different conclusions:
Germany slashed its aid budget by 12 per cent to divert spending to priorities at home.We should have emulated them.
Mr Clegg stressed that, ‘while we are experiencing hardship on our own shores, it does not compare to the abject pain and destitution of others’.I daresay it doesn’t, but we aren’t responsible for that! The only responsibility UK politicians should have is to the UK taxpayer.
Mr Clegg will today meet U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the White House.In other words, he wanted advice on how to head off any possible attempts to get the Tea Party movement started here….
He said he wanted to discuss with Mr Biden how he tackled issues facing ‘Middle America’ such as welfare reform and tax.