Stop this appalling waste of our money in ‘aid’

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From: Trisha Scott, West Park Terrace, Scarborough.

FOR months now, we have been reading about, or seeing on TV, reports of protests, demonstrations and petitions etc. against cuts in the financing of many of our vital services.

In our own region, there can’t be anyone who isn’t aware of the controversial decision to end the services in the paediatric heart surgery department in Leeds, there are also threats against some departments in the hospitals in both Scarborough and Malton. Other services face the same uncertain futures – services such as the police, fire service, Armed Forces, to name but three.

But surely there has to be something fundamentally flawed, when, amid all the cuts which will affect many of us, our Government continues to pour billions of pounds into the bottomless pit of foreign ‘aid’?

Some examples of their near-criminal profligacy can be seen in their pumping £2.9bn into ‘climate aid’ to developing countries. This includes £15m to Colombian farmers to help solve the problem of flatulent cows, another £31m to Turkey to help them develop wind power. There are numerous other ludicrous causes at which our money is so casually thrown, but there are too many to go into here.

I would ask, how many police officers would those billions of pounds have paid for, how many nurses or firefighters? Why does the Government apparently find it acceptable to finance these schemes abroad yet are quite happy to see our own people suffer through cuts in services? After all, everyone is, or will be affected one way or another, whether through job losses or basic health and security issues.

While stopping this appalling waste of our money will not cure all of our economic ills, it will surely go quite a long way towards it.