December 23, 2009
The insane Labour and Tory plan to always put British people last has been underlined with the slashing of the university budget by £533 million while foreign aid expenditure continues to increase.
According to Business Secretary “Lord” Mandelson, the Government is to cut university funding by £533 million next year. This confirms already announced cuts of £180 million and £83 million but adds a further £270 million budget reduction.
“Lord” Mandelson said the cuts would reduce the number of student places at British universities. According to some experts, this means there will be at least 70,000 less places for British kids next year at university.
While British people are being punished in this fashion, the Tory and Labour-supported (and “ring fenced”) foreign aid handout continues unabated.
On 18 December, Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson announced that the Welsh Assembly Government was giving £75,000 to the Mbale region of Uganda to “help prepare the area for the impacts of climate change.”
The cash grant was matched by the Department for International Development (DFID) to the tune of £100,000.
On 17 December, the DFID gave £1.25 million to an “international health links scheme” which provides “advanced technology” via the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania.
On 16 December, the DFID announced that the “world’s poorest nations will be thrust to the forefront of the global green energy revolution with the help of a £50 million commitment from the UK Government.”
On 3 December, the DFID announced that it was giving £2.97 million to Jamaica. The money will be used to fund a scheme in which West Indies cricketer Courtney Walsh will run cricket clinics for young black kids convicted of crimes in that country.
On 19 November the DFID gave £34 million to Pakistan to provide “humanitarian aid and rebuild businesses and agriculture” in the North West Frontier Province and South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
In addition, a further £10 million was allocated to “help rebuild infrastructure, stimulate the economy and improve local agriculture for displaced people returning home following the recent conflict.”
On 19 November, the DFID announced a £10 million grant to the “World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility” which will “make roads safer and improve driving skills in some of the world’s poorest countries.”
On 18 November, the DFID announced a £34 million grant to an “emergency health programme” in Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, British people face increasing budget cuts at home across all sectors, as exemplified by the university budget massacre.
Anyone who thought the Tories might be any better is in for a shock. The Conservatives have promised even more stringent cuts and have intimated that tax rises are in the offing — while at the same time demanding that the foreign aid budget be increased.
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