‘£12 billion!’ an MP snarled when asked why the UK won’t cut foreign aid to stop the rise in National Insurance.
A CONSERVATIVE MP has been questioned about why the UK continues to give £12 billion in foreign aid while Britons are being forced to pay the same amount in National Insurance contributions.
Colin Brazier of GB News asked Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith why it seemed “a coincidence” that the tax needed to plug the National Insurance hole was the same as the 0.5 percent of GDP Foreign Aid budget, and what Britons must think about handing out money to other countries when they themselves are in need.
“It appears to be a coincidence: 12 billion for Foreign Aid, 12 billion for the tax hole, the tax generated by this 1.25 percent increase in National Insurance,” Mr Brazier said.
“I have a feeling that many of your constituents in your constituency will ask, ‘Why are we spending all this money on foreign aid when we’re still raising taxes?'”
Mr Clarke-Smith acknowledged that this is likely the sentiment of some of his constituents, noting that Britain’s aid budget remains “one of the most generous in the world.”
He went on to say that this was still the case, despite the fact that the Foreign Aid budget was reduced from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent last year.
However, he noted that some in his constituency want the UK’s foreign aid budget to be cut completely and reduced to “zero” percent of GDP.
“At the same time, if you asked those same people do you think it’s right that we help people where we can…,” the Conservative pointed out.
“If you look at what we’ve done with AstraZeneca and vaccines, people are all for it and doing the right thing.”
People want their taxes spent “in the right places,” he said, adding that if you’re raising people’s costs of living through National Insurance, “you have to justify it.”
Mr Clarke-Smith acknowledged that the Government had broken a manifesto promise by making Britons pay for National Insurance, calling it a “very difficult decision” but one that was necessary given the pandemic’s circumstances.
“People can’t see a doctor,” the Conservative explained, “we need to clear the NHS backlog, and we do need to sort out social.”
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