Thursday, 31 January 2019

Sustainable Development

The Secretary of State for International Development, who in a clear conflict of interest wishes to spend her budget on the Royal Navy in which she herself is a Reservist, has described the target of spending 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on overseas development assistance as "unsustainable".

We need the specification in the Statute Law that the United Kingdom's aid to any given country be reduced by the exact cost of any space programme, or of any nuclear weapons programme, or of any nuclear submarine programme, or of any foreign aid budget of that country's own, but with the money thus saved remaining within the budget of the Department for International Development, and with the 0.7 per cent target still resolutely intact.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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