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calendar   Tuesday - September 11, 2012

Those Perfidious Albion

This has to be one of those things that try Brit souls.

And there’s no answer sadly.  Well there is actually but nobody will do anything.

$8 million of Brit aid to India is spent on … are you sitting down?
£5 million converts to eight million American dollars, and that’s what is spent on US experts – to tell Brits how well they have spent their aid cash.  Good grief. Are they fuckin mad?  Have they finally gone and lost their collective minds.  Well apparently something like that.  The story came and went to be replaced by really important stuff to make Brits feel very good about themselves.
The paralympics.  Woo-woo. 
Okay, these are people who have managed to overcome life altering conditions and I take nothing away from that.  Much Kudos to those folks who even with missing limbs could outmatch me at my youngest and best.
Thing is though, you folks would not believe the papers this past week.  First there was the Olympics of course and the Brits fell all over themselves with national pride and joy and why the hell not.  They haven’t much else these days and no Churchill on the horizon.  The world of the Olympian on the full front page of many papers and page after page on the inside. And then the fireworks and the opening and closing ceremonies all to be done again for the Paralympics least they feel left out of things. And again the papers full of it days after day.  I can’t imagine what their TV must have been like.  Or maybe I can.

So, this story was buried on page 49 or 50 when it should have led. 

The Brits are pissing away tens of millions of dollars at a time when services are being cut or ended because people are told, we have no money. But the powers that leach have hired “consultants” to tell India how to run its own affairs.
I could not dream this up.  I haven’t the talent it takes to write fiction. Oh if only.

India has massive poverty. Has had for the past 100 years and the hundred before that.  What it never had before though, was the money to fund its own space program.
Yet millions and millions of Brit cash is going not to the needy, but straight into the pockets of companies, some of them American, that are paid to hold meetings and produce reports.  One US university alone (Duke) received £5 million (that’s $8,000,000)
in aid money.  Why?  What?  Brits can’t do the job?  I guess someone thinks not.
It gets worse.

India is (for all its poverty) an economic superpower. India has its own overseas aid program and gives away £2 billion a year.  In dollars that’s $3,213,855,815.
And Britain gives India £1.1 billion which is slightly over $ 1,606,988,540.

£3.1 million was given to a consultancy firm to tell India’s housing ministry how to cut poverty. Is that pathetic?  But wait.  There’s more and worse yet again.
£1 million was given to ‘consultants’ to advise charities on how to support Indian and British government policies. 

Christian Aid was hired for £24.5 million to advise India on how to narrow the gap between rich and poor. And finally though really there is more but I’m tired and fed up.

India’s economy is ranked 11th in the world with a GDP of £1.85 trillion.
Last month India announced they would spend £52 million, $ 83,553,714,
sending a probe to Mars next year.

India’s finance minister has said publicly, that India did not need British aid, which he described as,

“a peanut in our total development exercises.”


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/11/2012 at 06:54 PM   
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