Multi-billion pound foreign aid scandal proves UKIP has been the only party telling the truth about overseas aid
Published Apr 17, 2015
Nathan Gill, UKIP MEP for Wales, said: “We have warned for years that money spent on overseas aid is failing to help the poorest people and instead is making corrupt officials and crony consultants rich. Now the evidence shows UKIP were right.”
“UKIP must congratulate the Times for daring to tell the truth today about the scandal of Britain’s squandered overseas aid.
Evidence uncovered by the newspaper shows that the Cameron government has been paying professional aid staff in Africa and Asia as much as £1,000 a day. The evidence also shows corporate consultants have been filling their boots with billions of pounds that taxpayers have been led to believe were going to the desperately poor people around the world.”
“The Government’s politically-motivated rush to spend their obese foreign aid budget means that, exactly as UKIP has warned, the money is not being properly directed or controlled.”
“The uncontrolled gush of money has been fuelling corruption in the developing world.”
“More, the Department for International Aid and Development have been funnelling billions through consulting firms and international organisations such as the European Union. This means the poor people in Africa and Asia who finally receive what’s left after the consultants make their 50 percent profit margin don’t even realise the money is from the British people
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UKIP’s brilliant manifesto launch should worry the Tories
UKIP has really raised the bar with the launch of its election manifesto. It will require a robust and serious response. But if the Tories are even allowing UKIP to outflank them on defence, they may already be a lost cause
UKIP’s Suzanne Evans stole the show
Make no mistake about it. Whatever your politics, UKIP’s manifesto is truly impressive. And at its unveiling today, it was even more impressive that the manifesto’s lead-author, party Deputy Chair Suzanne Evans, managed to outshine Nigel Farage.
UKIP thus slew two dragons with one blow: it’s not a one person party — Nigel may have a potential successor, should the need arise; and it’s definitely not looking like a one trick pony.
As Ms. Evans said towards the end of her speech: “I think I’ve already covered quite a lot of ground for a single issue party”.
And so she had.
Highlights included plans to repeal the Climate Change Act; slashing the wasteful foreign aid budget to 0.2 percent of GDP (the same level as in the U.S.); powers of recall and plans to let the people have a referendum on any issue of their choice; pledges for a fairer and saner immigration policy; obviously a referendum on EU membership; and a firm promise to keep the proportion of GDP spent on defence at the NATO-recommended level of 2 percent.
UKIP is still hugely disadvantaged by the unfit-for-purpose first-past-the-post electoral system. But if they can keep up the momentum, they could pose a bigger threat than ever to the Conservatives.
It is vital, therefore, that the Tories now raise their game. And with that in mind will someone at Conservative headquarters have the guts to ask the following question: How on earth did the Tories get outflanked by UKIP on defence?
For decades, the one thing that everyone could agree on was that the Conservative Party was the natural home for anyone who put defence of the nation at the top of their priorities.
How difficult could it be for David Cameron to guarantee that a Conservative government would meet that most basic minimum recommendation from NATO?
The mind boggles. And it will boggle a lot more if the challange that UKIP threw down today is not taken up and met robustly.
Are the Conservatives up to the task? The answer will determine the outcome of the election.
p.s. The LibDems also launched their manifesto today. Did anyone notice?
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Posted on April 13
- Douglas Carswell and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage have announced UKIP’s plans for political reform today in Clacton.They announced that UKIP will bring forward a Citizen’s Initiative, so the people of Britain can directly influence legislation. A national referendum will be held every two years on the most popular petition gathering over 2 million signatures and the outcome will be in the Queen’s Speech.UKIP will also introduce real recall: the Tories have fudged their promise of recall to sack MPs, leaving it up to MPs and only allowing recall in certain circumstances. We will give genuine power to the people to sack their MP (or Councillor, etc). On voting reform. UKIP believes that the dated First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system is no longer relevant in the four/five/six/ party politics of the 21st century. We want a new electoral system in which every vote counts.