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The world's poor - some Tory comments

July 16, 2021 7:47 AM
By Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats & Peter Dobbs
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

j42cThe government won its parliamentary vote this week to cut aid spending from the legally obliged 0.7% to 0.5%. All Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the proposal.
Derbyshire Dales Conservative MP Sarah Dines voted for the cut - indeed she spoke during the debate in favour of the reduction in support for the needy of the world, arguing somewhat bizarrely that "every pound we spend on international aid is borrowed from our future generations". The idea of investing in the future of children both on this island and overseas does seem to be a 'foreign' concept to Ms Dines.

Comments by other Conservatives are perhaps more perceptive, with those of David Cameron (shown on the left) particularly striking.

Here are three others;

  • "We made a promise to the poorest people in the world. The government has broken that promise. This motion means that promise may be broken for years to come."
  • "It seems that we can afford a 'national yacht' that no one either wants or needs, whilst cutting help to some of the most miserable and destitute people in the world," "This is not a Conservatism that I recognise. It is the stamp of Little England, not Great Britain."
  • "For colleagues who stood on manifesto after manifesto committed to this, it's a bloody disgrace."

These quotes are not from 'bleeding heart liberals' but from two past Conservative Prime Ministers ( Theresa May and John Major ) and the ex -leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson

At a time when the world faces the fall-out from the pandemic, cutting our aid spend by £4bn means more children will die, fewer girls will go to school, less investment in climate action and less care for the sick in some of the world's poorest countries. We are one of the world's richest countries and our behaviour is shameful. We know opinion polls shows cuts to aid are popular which is probably what motivates the cuts but it doesn't alter the fact we are cutting aid to some of the world's poorest and most destitute people

One quote to finish from our leader Ed Davey

"Boris Johnson has just switched off millions of Conservative voters by callously breaking his promise and abandoning millions of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our world.
It's decisions like this that will make millions of voters, especially in the Blue Wall, move away from the Conservatives in droves. This Conservative government has lost touch with the values of our country".