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Theresa May to Africa: Here, take more money

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Aug 28, 2018.

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Should the UK:

  1. Increase financial aid to Africa?

    40.9%
  2. Cut some financial aid to Africa?

    18.2%
  3. Cease financial aid to Africa?

    40.9%
  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    As a general question, why should we provide the continent of Africa with more money when even its wealthiest countries have yet to show that they can fruitfully use the aid they currently receive and the money they currently generate? Now, to a particular question:

    Theresa May to pledge Africa investment boost after Brexit

    'She will announce an "ambitious new approach" to the UK's aid spending in Africa, by using it to help British private sector companies invest on the continent.

    Private sector investment is key to driving growth and "unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit" in Africa, she will say.
    '
    BBC.co.uk, 28th August 2018.

    Now that the Conservatives have allowed private interests to raid British Education, Health and Justice, isn't this May proposing that private interests be allowed also to raid the UK's foreign aid budget, i.e. funnelling more money to Tory cronies?

    Thank you in advance for your poll response.
     
  2. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Pffft.
    Meaning "desperate bid of the thoroughly ostracised to reinstate quasi colonial presence, by hitting the place where they're least likely to say "no" ".

    Next stop-Honduras.
     
    monicabilongame likes this.
  3. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Why break up our partnership with Europe to substitute it with one with Africa? Bonkers.
     
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  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    The new African partnership seems to be that we will give them money so that they do not send us illegal immigrants & terrorists.
     
  5. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    What could possibly go wrong?
     
    emerald52 likes this.
  6. Nanook_rubs_it

    Nanook_rubs_it Star commenter

    Seems a reasonable ambition to make African countries more attractive to their populations, but given May's record as Home Secretary and PM, I doubt if she is the person to deliver it.
     
  7. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    I have absolutely no confidence in our PM even to run a bath but then my regular critics won’t be surprised by my lack of faith in the wheat chaser...
     
    monicabilongame likes this.
  8. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Our partnership with Europe is not being "broken up". Our trading relationship with the EU is expected to change from membership to free trade agreement, the latter allowing us to make our own trade agreements for the first time in more than 40 years.
     
  9. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    It is just out of camera but she has a hat on the ground:

     
  10. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Out of nothing, comes nothing.
     
    les25paul and artboyusa like this.
  11. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Good to see someone knows what on earth is going on. Do the Cabinet agree with you?
     
  12. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Has not the 'investing in Africa' bus already gone? The Chinese have been at for decades.
     
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  13. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    China is the biggest player in Africa these days as you say.
     
    kibosh likes this.
  14. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    (fwiw This thread makes me no happier to use the word "Africa" than I was yesterday-it is not a bunch of 54 countries of equal propensity to siphon up investment with a hungry and corrupt straw , but I suppose if the BBC don't care then why should anyone here? Just saying.
    54 completely different countries.)
     
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Not that different to people using "Europe" when they mean the EU.

    Or "America" when they mean the USA.

    It's a shorthand. For sure do we mean North Africa or subsahara Africa. West or East. Central or Southern. But as an area of common cultural economic and societal characteristics... a shorthand.
     
  16. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Is she not just trying to compete with the Chinese?Do the Chinese use public money for their expansion into the African continent?

    Eta: sorry just read the thread and see the points have already been made
     
  17. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    She cannot possibly compete with the Chinese. Their GDP is around six times ours. Either she is a cad, doling out our dosh to her mates or she is a sincere idiot who thinks that the British people want to see foreigners receive ever more aid at their expense.
     
  18. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    No point in telling me this, have you told her yet ;)
     
  19. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    It’s a sop to the right wing Tories who don’t want to see aid going to deserving causes but instead would rather it makes money for their pals.
     
    red_observer likes this.
  20. install

    install Star commenter

    They need our aid money - we want a business return. About time. Well done Theresa:cool:
     
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