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Opinion: Time for the Liberal Democrats to stand up and be counted on foreign aid

The Liberal Democrats have a proud tradition of prioritising international development, but it is time to re-think our foreign aid strategy. All three parties’ manifestoes pledged to increase aid spending to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI). This sounds very “nice” and positive, but the commitment bears no relation to the actual needs of developing countries and ignores the mounting evidence showing that the current system of aid is perpetuating the poverty it seeks to alleviate. If we are to be serious about helping the world’s poorest, we need to stop focusing upon what we want to give, …

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  • User AvatarMartin 4th Jul - 4:00pm
    Alex Macfie: If questions arise about the Coalition, it is the other way around, someone who was a minister has the authority to rebuff wrong...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 4th Jul - 3:18pm
    @David Raw Point taken and don’t forget the last line of the song; “That’s what gets results”.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 4th Jul - 3:15pm
    It reads a bit like a sermon. As the late George Burns said; “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 4th Jul - 3:15pm
    "many ‘soft’ Tory voters thought the coalition worked well in very difficult circumstances" — yes, and voted Tory in 2015 because they thought that was...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 4th Jul - 3:10pm
    Don't "apologize", just move on, i.e. let it wither on the vine. Easiest done with a leader unconnected with the Coalition. Frankly any discussion of...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 4th Jul - 2:58pm
    Thank you for this Max and I so agree with you about policies. We always have lots of well thought out, good policies but we...