Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tanzanian chiefs steal UK aid money .... duh

There can't be many Britons who will be surprised at our government's suspension of aid payments to Tanzania because their government officials have been stealing it; surely, the predisposition of all African government officials to steal aid money is so well known that many imagine this to be the very point of overseas aid - bribing crooked African chiefs. 

No one actually expects those billions to create wells, schools, hospitals or bridges. We pay it knowing full well that most of it will be spent in Knightsbridge and Mayfair's luxury bling boutiques as fat chiefs bring their string of wives and hangers on to London on shopping trips. 

After all, if we really wanted to improve the lives of ordinary poor Africans, giving billions to their bloated corrupt chiefs would be the very last thing we would do, would it not? 

10 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

If they renamed The Department for International Development and called it The Department for International Welfare and Bribes it would be more accurate.

Anonymous said...

Somebody in the Foreign and Comonwealth office may have replied to a 419 email scam.

Anonymous said...

I would not be surprised if Cameroon has it re-instated and doubled before the week is out.

Ed P said...

I'm surprised there's any money left for lining the pockets of despots, after all the Indian space rockets we've subsidised.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

When it comes to aid -> NEVER forget they they borrow the money on your account and then give it away.

G. Tingey said...

Ed P
When we should have been building our own, yes ...
[ Incidentally, one of my prime reasons for loathing the madwoman from Grantham was that we had a (very) small, perfectly-formed very very successful British space programme & she not only trashed it, she took positive delight in doing so & made sure we did not invest in space.
We are slowly, very slowly repairing that damage, 30+ years on .....

Budgie said...

DfID is not part of the FCO, and tends to be regarded as naive, ineffective and incompetent. Certainly there is extensive literature to support the view that state aid from the UK government is worse than useless - it actually makes African people poorer by taking away their business opportunities and making their tyrant (often neo-Marxist) government officials more powerful and entrenched.

Budgie said...

G Tingey, the British government's space effort has always been underfunded and subject to cancellations of commenced projects throughout its history. Black Prince was cancelled in 1960; Black Arrow was cancelled after launching the Prospero satellite in 1971. Blue Streak funding also ceased about then. All this well before Thatcher.

When Thatcher came to power there was effectively no government space program for her to cancel, "perfectly formed", or otherwise. HOTOL funding was started in 1982, then cancelled later because of technical problems. In 1985 (ie under Thatcher) the British National Space Centre (now the UK Space Agency) was set up; unfortunately much of its money going to the European Space Agency.

Skylon, a continuation of the HOTOL concept, has been funded jointly with ESA since 2010. There have been a number of British astronauts since Helen Sharman flew in 1991, funded by donations, by themselves, or by the generosity of other countries. Separately we have a very successful space industry (£6.5 billion t/o), but it is run by businesses not the government.

G. Tingey said...

Budgie
Almost - but she was minister for Education & Science under the nonentity Heath - which is when the post-Prospero programme was canned. She took obvious joy in doing so - when she became PM, I realised we were in for a swathe of destruction.
However, on a more hopeful note...
Have you heard of "son of HOTOL/skylon" a.k.a "Reaction Engines" who are hoping for single-stage-to-orbit by 2023/2024 with the launch costs being between 80 & 90% lower than at present?

Budgie said...

G Tingey, you can see that I have already mentioned Skylon in which ESA has its fingers. Thatcher as Education & Science Minister had no responsibility for space since "launcher programmes were administered in succession by the Ministry of Supply, the Ministry of Aviation, the Ministry of Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry (according to Wiki).