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Britain´s aid spending
the highest in Europe

Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse

Original Article

Posted By:Ribicon, 4/14/2014 3:35:07 PM

Britain hiked its aid spending by more than any other country in Europe last year, figures show. Foreign aid soared by 28 per cent last year, meaning the UK hit its target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on overseas development. It left Britain with the second most generous aid budget in the world, outstripped only by the United States, and it came as a series of developed nations cut back on their aid spending. The figures will reignite concerns among Tory MPs that the aid budget is ill-directed and has ballooned at the expense of other Whitehall departments.

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They take hard-earned tax dollars from domestic working people, spend it far and wide (with fat slices of the action for their friends) with minimal accountability on projects with little real value, and in the end, the recipients complain that the givers are stingy.

      


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