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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Jun 16, 2020 1:48:29 PM
Department For International Development abolished

... despite being globally recognised as the best international development organising in the world and a major source of soft power and influence for the UK and for western democratic values in general

scottscott - 16 Jun 2020 16:16:46 (#1 of 118)

Yup. It's being swallowed by the Foreign Office (run by one Dominic Raaaaab). This means UK ambassadors will have the power to grant or deny foreign aid to their host country.

As it says here...

The government is to maintain its statutory commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid, but the blending of the two departments will inevitably require greater linkage between the UK’s aid, security and commercial interests.

Can't see that encouraging the most brutal forms of strong-arm diplomacy at all.

No, not one bit. /

StakludKar - 16 Jun 2020 16:18:14 (#2 of 118)

Richard Littlejohn resurfaced this morning in the Daily Mail. Just saying

machiavelli - 16 Jun 2020 16:19:47 (#3 of 118)

Are we in a position to chuck our weight about any more?

AdonisBlue - 16 Jun 2020 16:20:58 (#4 of 118)

#2 The scumbag never went away. Moaning throughout lockdown that lockdown was unnecessary. Even the DM reduced his online rants to small articles though. Now the public mood has changed to match Littlejohn. Great.

xDiggy - 16 Jun 2020 16:22:45 (#5 of 118)

More dogwhistle culture-war nonsense to distract from the government's serial disasters.

AdonisBlue - 16 Jun 2020 16:27:36 (#6 of 118)


xDiggy - 16 Jun 2020 16:57:26 (#7 of 118)

What is actually happening, of course, is that Dfid and the FCO are now joining together to become a new Whitehall super-department for international affairs, which will be of huge benefit to our ability to project Britain’s sense of mission about overseas aid.

For too long, frankly, UK overseas aid has been treated as some giant cashpoint in the sky that arrives without any reference to UK interests or to the values that the UK wishes to express or the priorities diplomatic, political or commercial of the government of the UK.


xDiggy - 16 Jun 2020 16:57:50 (#8 of 118)

Total Daily Mail baiting nonsense.

xDiggy - 16 Jun 2020 16:58:43 (#9 of 118)

"It is no use a British diplomat one day going in to see the leader of a country and urging him not to cut the head off his opponent, and to do something for democracy in his county, if the next day another emanation of the British government is going to arrive with a cheque for £250m."

After saying “cut the head off his opponent”, Johnson paused, as if he had realised that he had said something wrong.

darkhorse - 16 Jun 2020 17:10:30 (#10 of 118)

I wonder which of our allies he had in mind.

Dubris - 16 Jun 2020 17:15:05 (#11 of 118)

The letter S suggests itself.

Shadrack22 - 16 Jun 2020 17:37:38 (#12 of 118)

The next stage of Dominic Cummings’ culture war.

TigerPaws - 16 Jun 2020 18:48:29 (#13 of 118)

All downhill. By the end the inevitable brain drain will leave a broken country run by the British equivalent of the mafia.

AdonisBlue - 16 Jun 2020 19:09:26 (#14 of 118)

The Daily Mail

Verdigris - 16 Jun 2020 19:11:43 (#15 of 118)

Sounds a bit like the Trump method of diplomacy.

You give us an order for Austin Allegros and then you'll get some aid money.

InternationalVicar - 16 Jun 2020 19:13:42 (#16 of 118)

It's effective abolition of Dfid

TheExcession - 16 Jun 2020 19:16:38 (#17 of 118)

I'm sure someone somewhere is drawing up a list of deserving and undeserving swarthy foreign types.

InternationalVicar - 17 Jun 2020 07:55:10 (#18 of 118)

They already changed the agenda from development to supporting nefarious foreign policy a few years ago. This is just an honest re-labelling.

StammtischMentality - 17 Jun 2020 07:56:58 (#19 of 118)

A friend of mine went for an interview for the job of "administrative assistant" at DfID about 15 years ago. The first interview was about 5 floors underground in a non-descript building in Holborn, which he was told went down at least 18 levels.

The second he entered through a side door off Carlton House Terrace whence into the bowels of Westminster. There was plenty of stuff going on there that has nothing to do with international aid and sits much better within FCO.

StammtischMentality - 17 Jun 2020 08:03:38 (#20 of 118)

As an example, see this

Delivering the CSSF

The CSSF works to build peace and stability in countries at risk of instability as well as in regions suffering from long running conflicts. CSSF programmes deliver a wide range of activity including:

Lebanon: CSSF funding supported the Lebanese Armed Forces to secure their border with Syria for the first time. Farmers are now farming border territory, with some returning to land they have not seen in 50 years

Colombia: the CSSF is supporting the Government of Colombia to implement the peace agreement, rejuvenating local communities and tackling the threats from serious and organised crime and deforestation

These are the ones they are happy to tell you about.

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