After Bob Geldof slammed ‘shameful’ Boris Johnson, a foreign aid debate erupted.
FOREIGN AIDE is once again at the center of political debate, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal to slash funding dividing views.
A vote in the House of Commons might derail Mr Johnson’s plan to decrease foreign aid. The government plans to cut foreign development spending from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of national income “temporarily.” The Conservative Party, on the other hand, is split on the subject, with former Prime Minister Theresa May and other Conservative MPs attempting to protect funding by amending the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) Bill.
On Monday afternoon, the bill will be debated in the Commons, but it will be up to Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to decide if the rebels’ amendment will be put to a vote.
David Davis, a Brexiteer and Tory MP, told Mr Johnson this week that slashing foreign aid in this way would be “devastating” and could lead to the deaths of children.
“The judgments that the Government has taken around this are perfectly reasonable,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said. We are experiencing a once-in-a-300-year economic disruption.”
This isn’t the first time that foreign aid has been the subject of heated controversy.
Sir Bob Geldof attacked Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the proposals in March, calling the government’s approach “sly, weak, and sad.”
“Instead of the food, shelter, schooling, and protection they were promised by Britain, they will have the food stolen from their mouths, the blanket ripped from the tired body, the teacher sent home, and the bandage peeled off the wound sometime later this year,” Sir Bob stated.
“Is this Global Britain’s bright new shiny world? They do this pinched, cruel, little, secret, weak, and pitiful act of self-harm.
“Britain has lived through many harsher, tougher, poorer times than today, but it has never shied away from extending a helping hand to the defenseless. What’s the matter with these people? They are a disgrace.”
Aid to Libya might drop by 63 percent in 2021-22, according to OpenDemocracy.
Help to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo might be cut by approximately 60%, while aid to South Sudan, where millions face hunger, could be cut from £110 million to just £45 million.
“Brinkwire Summary News” further said that proposals included limiting British funding to Nigeria.