We already give too much.

I am sick and tired of politicians of all parties deciding that they can just dip into taxpayers pockets and taxpayers goodwill to help fund problems abroad that likely don’t concern us or can be resolved by other means.

Sky.

Rich countries are failing to contribute to an international emergency fund leaving the world “dangerously unprepared” for future disasters, the International Development Secretary has warned.
Andrew Mitchell said the United Nations’ disaster response funding system is expected to be left severely underfunded.
Mr Mitchell’s warning comes after a wave of large-scale disasters over the last year, including famine in the Horn of Africa, the Japan tsunami, the New Zealand earthquake and floods in Pakistan and the Philippines.
Growing numbers of people living in vulnerable areas means the number of those affected by major tragedies is expected to increase in future, he added.
The Government is giving £20m to the Central Emergency Response Fund (Cerf) next year, in addition to £40m already pledged, and has called on the international community to “wake up” to the challenge ahead.
It said many rich countries wait until a disaster strikes before responding, which means critical emergency first response work could be put at risk.
The fund – set up following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami to provide a coordinated international response – is expected to have a shortfall of £45m next year.

It rather looks like the main contributor at the moment is the UK government with £20 million this year on top of £40 million already pledged, yet there is a £45 million shortfall. Which rather suggests someone (that being the UK taxpayer) are being taken for mugs again by a government determined to keep spending our income on something that could easily be covered by charitable giving at home and not involuntarily filched from our pockets by politicians who clearly don’t have a clue as to how the money might be spent by the bureaucrats running it. No I don’t accept the premise that somehow or other a co-ordinated response will be better than a patchquilt response either, I’ve seen far too many cases of government aid going to the wrong areas, terrorist groups and various other ne’er-do-wells to trust a co-ordinated response group who are far too likely to be doing far too well for themselves at doing well.

Charity begins at home when it comes to government spending (or it should) any spending on international aid should be done by direct appeal to the public and we’ll see just which causes actually appeal, if any.

5 comments for “We already give too much.

  1. December 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    They weaken their argument by including developed countries such as Japan and New Zealand in their assessment, what with Japan being one of the world’s richest countries.

  2. john in cheshire
    December 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    All these countries have their own governments. Why is it that our lot, and the ‘charities’ fall over themselves to behave as though all the unfortunates in the world are our responsibility, without any mention of the governments of their own who should be the first stop on providing assistance. If they can’t tend to their country’s problems, then, surely, that’s their own internal problem and the sooner they learn to fend for themselves, the sooner they can live without huge and unaffordable handouts from an increasingly resentful populace in countries such as ours.

    • Furor Teutonicus
      December 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      XX If they can’t tend to their country’s problems, then, surely, that’s their own internal problem and the sooner they learn to fend for themselves, the sooner they can live without huge and unaffordable handouts from an increasingly resentful populace in countries such as ours.XX

      In an age when no one accepts responsibility for their own actions, but increasingly expects that “‘Someone’ does something about it”, be it idiots electricuting themselves with fishing rods whilst crossing railway lines, to 10 year olds falling out of trees, what makes you think it should be any different just because what is being discussed here is on an international scale?

      • December 28, 2011 at 5:49 am

        Good (if depressing) point…

  3. December 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

    If we look at the background, education and career path of Andrew Mitchell we may perhaps begin to discern what has gone completely awry with our society. Given his background and privileges one should be able to assume that he would be a valuable asset in any Cabinet or administration. In fact he is a walking, ongoing disaster for the people of his country:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Mitchell

    Mis-educated, I have taken to calling the problem; yet it clearly goes so much deeper. What can it be, we need to find out exactly what it is and how his brain became so completely miswired or simply plain addled, and somehow eradicate the cause, otherwise common sense is doomed! Could he be sectioned perhaps, for thorough investigation?

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