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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Madness in the Mother Country

Politicians and bureaucrats in the UK have lost touch with reality when we read that 1.5 billion pounds is being spent in tackling climate change abroad . With the UK borrowing $5 billion every week this politically correct spending is economic lunacy of a type that only Greece would understand .

The Department for International Development (Dfid) has spent the total on projects which they say will either reduce carbon emissions abroad or attempt to deal with the effects of predicted changes in the earth's climate.
In the past four years Dfid has spent £900 million on climate change projects with nearly two thirds of that being spent in the past financial year under the Coalition. A further £533 million has already been committed up to 2013.
The biggest recipients of the climate change aid are India and Indonesia, two countries considered to be rapidly emerging economies.
The disclosures – made under the Freedom of Information Act – will raise fresh questions over how foreign aid is spent, and comes after an Indian minister described British aid to the country as "peanuts", which ministers in London had begged Delhi to continue accepting.
Dfid is one of only two departments not affected by the Government's austerity drive, with a budget last year of £8.4 billion.
Of course pensioners in the UK struggling to pay power bills will be delighted to know that a thousand pimply youths get a paid overseas "gap" holiday from Dfid in exotic locations courtesy of the taxpayer.
"The day was spent swimming, sunbathing and eating… As the sun set over the sea, we headed back to San Salvador for a pizza,” wrote one young man. “On Tuesday, we went to work in a bakery, learning how to make Salvadorian treats and cakes,” said another participant. Then it was back to “relaxing in our hammocks on our balcony, with 360‑degree views of the cathedral, the mountains, and the Parque de Libertad”.
Typical tales from young people on their gap year, perhaps. Apart from one thing: these youngsters are among 1,250 British kids enjoying their all-expenses-paid, three-to six-month journeys of self-discovery courtesy of the Department for International Development.

And of course there are the funds for Kenyan witch-doctors:
DFID dollars at work!
A project in western Kenya to help indigenous Nganyi rainmakers, who were being undermined by extreme weather conditions caused by changes in the climate, was launched in 2008 as part of a £25 million climate change adaptation programme funded by Dfid.
The project aimed to bring the rainmakers together with Government meteorologists to produce a "consensus forecast" before relaying it back to village farmers, who were said to be losing trust in traditional methods which could not cope with the apparent changes in climate.
It allowed forecasts to be made using a combination of satellite data and computer models and traditional techniques such as observing insects, flowers and pot blowing, where herbs are placed into a pot buried in the ground which the rainmaker blows into through a pipe, listening for coming winds.
They didn't need to fund witch-doctors -  they could have lent them the dartboard the Met Office uses!
Do none of these financial incompetents understand that the 5 billion dollars borrowed each and every week will have to be repaid plus interest unless the country wishes to take the Greek solution.


  1. "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane". Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor.

  2. So the population of India and Indonesia is roughly 1.5 Billion people, and were giving 1.5 Billion pounds which we can't afford: makes sense to me.