Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

'They must be stark raving MAD!' Nick Ferrari tears into UK's £13.5bn foreign aid plans


Mr Ferrari ripped into the International Development Secretary’s “stark raving mad” argument for the growing £13.5billion foreign aid budget as the NHS goes on underfunded. 

Ms Mordaunt explained her reasons for the £13.5billion foreign aid budget, claiming it will make ”Britain more prosperous” and “alleviate pressure on the NHS”.

Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Ferrari said: ”Unless they are going to say that when the contracts are handed out and the country is stabilised and starts building again then Britain gets all the work? I don’t know about that.

“And also it alleviated pressure on the

“Is she making the point that if you make a country secure? Pick Eritrea, their people are less likely to come half the way around the world to get here? That’s proven not to be true.

“People are desperate to get here. That’s why Calais is reforming even as we speak with these poor folk. You have nothing but sympathy for them, who find themselves living in a muddy field in Calais because they are desperate to get to the UK. It’s not alleviating pressure.

“How do these people get in these positions? They must be stark raving mad.”

The International Development Secretary said it is in Britain’s “national interest” to spend billions on foreign aid. 

Ms Mordaunt revealed she supports the 0.7 percent target on aid spending and claims it is a “reflection of us as a big-hearted, open-minded and far-sighted nation”.

Britain will cut foreign aid to wealthier “middle-income countries” if they fail to “take responsibility” and help their own people, The International Development Secretary wrote in The Telegraph. 

She also said the UK will cut off aid to countries which do not invest in services for the benefit of their people.

The UK gave £1.5 billion of its aid budget to “middle-income countries” in 2016, with Pakistan, Nigeria and Jordan as the biggest beneficiaries.

Nearly £100 million in aid was given to India but the amount has reduced significantly since the Government promised to stop “traditional financial aid” to the country.

Another £46 million was given to China, despite it being pegged to be the world’s biggest economy. 

Tory MP presented a Daily Express petition to Downing Street on Thursday after more than 100,000 readers demanded Britain’s foreign aid budget is cut.

The Conservative MP told reporters: “It was a petition of Daily Express readers who want to ensure the foreign aid budget is properly spent and are not in favour – as I’m not in favour – of the 0.7 percent target.”


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