"I've found a soul mate when it comes to the insane suggestion of Chancellor Alistair Darling that British taxpayers should become responsible for the debts piled up by governments around the world which can't even use an abacus".Absolutely,
"Well said Nigel. I'm quite happy for the government to have an aid programme for international development, especially if the money is spent in those former British colonies which have at least have the pretence of being democracies.The point is is that supporting free trade does not mean supporting free movement of people. The is no mention of that in Adam Smith. It is of course nice to be nice and admirable for us to help out those worse of than we. But we can only do that if we can afford it. Remember Thatcher's comments about the good samaritan.
But there can be no bottomless wallet in these unchartered waters of financial excess and incompetence. It's all very well for The Guardian reading soft left to support overseas aid instead of ensuring we are adequately protected from international aggression, but that's not the real world.
Taxpayers have shelled out more than enough cash in propping up Northern Rock, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds-TSB without being asked to underwrite dictatorships in central Africa".
The thought that we should throw a hundred billion at the Eastern countries when we are strapped for cash is one thing. Being told that we are doing it because it is not just morally good for us but in some way it makes economic sense is quite another.
The pretence that if we give them the cash they will buy our goods is risible, and Darling, Brown and their friends on the European Council know that only too well.