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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

ConDem Foreign Aid Policy Kicks in: 45 Million Condoms to Uganda while Egyptian Appointed to Oversee “Priority” Aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan

ConDem Foreign Aid Policy Kicks in: 45 Million Condoms to Uganda while Egyptian Appointed to Oversee “Priority” Aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s foreign aid policy has kicked off with the donation of 45 million condoms to Uganda and the appointment of an Egyptian to oversee the “prioritisation of aid” to Afghanistan and Pakistan — while at home, the ConDem tricksters prepare their first wave of domestic budget cuts.

According to Tory Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell, British taxpayers will provide “urgently needed” contraceptive supplies to Uganda at a cost of nearly £3 million to the British taxpayer.

At the same time, Mr Mitchell announced in an official statement on the Department for International Development (DFID) website that “aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to to [sic] get higher priority.”

British taxpayers will be glad to hear that this “higher priority” has included the appointment of an Egyptian, Ms Nemat Minouche Shafik, as the DFID’s “Western Asia and Stabilisation Director with responsibility for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Stabilisation.”

According to Mr Mitchell, this appointment reflects the “need to see the UK’s aid work harder in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to bring about stability.”

Bizarrely, Mr Mitchell justifies aid to Afghanistan because of the war in that country.

His official statement said: “Following 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world.” Mr Mitchell has conveniently ignored the fact that Afghanistan has been at war for the last nine years because of an illegal invasion launched by the Labour Party regime and which was completely supported by his own Conservative Party.

Mr Mitchell and his fellow conmen also choose to ignore the reality of Pakistan, which had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009 of some $449.30 billion.

This makes Pakistan the 27th largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power, and the 45th largest in absolute dollar terms — yet still somehow deserving of British taxpayers’ “foreign aid.”

Furthermore, the Pakistani armed forces have a budget of $7.8 billion per year, or the 23rd largest in the world. Approximately 650,000 personnel are on active duty in the Pakistani military, which is the world's 6th largest armed force.

Combined with the 302,000 strong paramilitary forces and 528,000 in reserve, the military of Pakistan has a total size of over 1,000,000 personnel.

The Pakistan military possesses nuclear weapons and a range of missiles and aircraft which can deliver these weapons of mass destruction over vast distances.

Why exactly British taxpayers should be giving foreign aid to a country that can finance such an army has never been explained.

Meanwhile, the ConDem government has announced the first wave of budget cuts in Britain which will see hundreds of thousands of British people lose their jobs.

Only the British National Party has called for an immediate halt to all foreign aid programmes and the reallocation of that budget to pressing internal problems inside Britain.