Saturday, 21 January 2012

Britain's growing foreign aid [jizya] budget can do as much for national security as the Army, Navy and RAF, says Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary.

Even as most Government departments’ budgets are being cut, aid [jizya] spending is rising by more than a third to almost £11billion in 2014-15 as the Coalition aims for a United Nations target of 0.7 per cent of GDP.

“Our security in London and Birmingham is not just provided by soldiers and tanks and fighter jets, it is also provided by training the police in Afghanistan, by building up governance structures in the Middle East and by getting girls into school in the Horn of Africa. Those things are all part of what makes us safer.”

By addressing instability and conflict “upstream”, he says, Britain can avert the future security threats that even the poorest countries can pose to the richest. Aid work in Somalia today could prevent the need for military intervention there tomorrow, he says.

A Commons whip under Sir John Major, he wrestled with the Maastricht rebels and formed a strong bond with his fellow whip, David Davis. In 2005, he ran Mr Davis’ leadership campaign, but has since become a staunch ally of the Cameroon modernisers; they regard increasing aid spending as a vital part of changing the Conservative Party’s image and thinking.

More than 60 Tory MPs, including David Cameron, have now taken part in Project Umubano, and the party “has been changed quite radically on development” Mr Mitchell says.

He refuses to question the intentions or ethics of his opponents: “I don't think that the people who disagree with this are in any way dishonourable; I completely understand that at a time of great stress these are very difficult decisions.” But in a swipe at some of his own party, he adds: “Real Conservatives don’t cut aid[jizya].”
Sources: Telegraph, Telegraph


Anonymous said...

A.D. 980-1016

Rudyard Kipling

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"

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