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Farage mentions Argentina/Falklands policy to blast Foreign Office's expenditure

Wednesday, July 19th 2017 - 06:29 UTC
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“We’ve been giving money to Argentina who still have a claim over the Falkland Islands,” fumed Farage, and they have been buying fighter jets from China “We’ve been giving money to Argentina who still have a claim over the Falkland Islands,” fumed Farage, and they have been buying fighter jets from China

The former leader of the UK Independent Party and great promoter of the Leave position in the Brexit referendum Nigel Farage, has mentioned Argentina and Falklands policy as proof that Britain’s foreign aid budget is being spent in completely the wrong places.

 Interviewed by Leading Britain's Conversation, LBC, Farage was not happy that so much of taxpayers’ cash was being sent to certain regimes across the world - describing it as an “utter shambles”.

The controversial subject was raised after it emerged Theresa May government departments were struggling to spend the overseas aid money they’d been allocated.

A UK National Audit Office report said money was being wasted because civil servants were “rushing” to hit the legal requirement of spending 0.7% of the nation’s income on foreign aid.

Farrage then looked at where and what some of the cash was actually being spent on was he left absolutely seething.

“We’ve been giving money to Argentina who still have a claim over the Falkland Islands,” he fumed.

“And they’ve been buying fighter jets from China, so we’ve actually been giving money to a regime that could use some of that money to fund military jets to fight against our people.”

Nigel’s shocking list continued: “We’ve been giving money to Iran. We’ve been giving money to China and hold on to the chair - we’ve been giving money to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe!”

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  • Bisley

    There should be no foreign aid given to anyone, without some specific benefit to the nation giving it. It isn't a legitimate function of government to confiscate the money of their citizens and give it away for any reason other than to advance the country's interests. If people are interested in donating to some charitable cause, it's up to them to do it, not for government to take their money and give it away in a manner most would disapprove of. May is an idiot, and needs to be replaced. If the Tories can't do better than her, they may as well close up shop.

    Jul 19th, 2017 - 03:10 pm +2
  • DemonTree

    @Zaphod
    Exactly what I was going to say. Without knowing what the aid is being spent on and whether it is getting to the people it's intended for, we have no idea whether it is a good thing or not.

    It's a sad fact that the people who need aid the most are likely to live in the countries with the worst leadership. If their leaders were competent and worked for the good of the country they'd be a lot less likely to ever need our help. Just look at Zimbabwe. Due to Mugabe's mismanagement the economy collapsed and people are starving. The challenge is making sure we are actually helping the people and not propping up corrupt and incompetent governments.

    As for legitimate functions of government, in a democracy the people decide what those are. If you don't like it, vote for some other party.

    Jul 19th, 2017 - 08:05 pm +2
  • teaberry2

    Look after those at home first and dont give a single dime to Argentina..

    Jul 19th, 2017 - 08:37 pm +2
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