Nuclear nation's £1bn aid absurd
MY one wish for this year is for some sanity to be restored to this great nation of ours.
First, wouldn't it be great if we once and for all sorted out this human rights law and the right to family life?
It was recently stated that there are more than 4,000 foreign murderers and rapists we can't throw out.
It makes me wonder why I ever bother to go out and vote, when this and other Governments want to deport them but admit they cannot because of their human rights.
Foreign criminals on immigration bail have committed three murders, three kidnappings and rapes and about 27 violent crimes and 64 thefts.
Secondly, Britain's foreign aid programme is riddled with waste, mismanagement and fraud.
Millions have been squandered on corrupt governments and on propping up oppressive regimes.
According to a report released in May 2011 by the Indian Government, no less than £70 million of the Department for International Development's £338 million programme has gone, been stolen or lost. Some of the cash has been allocated to schools that did not exist, and a proportion went to buy cars for officials.
It is absurd that we've given almost £1 billion in the past five years to India, a country with its own space programme and nuclear arsenal.
India has described our aid as nothing more than peanuts. Why we give them anything is beyond me.
The Government is driving through a massive expansion of aid, with the DFID budget due to rise from £8 billion to £12 billion by 2015. This amounts to the equivalent of a £500 a year contribution from every household.
It beggars belief that David Cameron defended this increase as part of Britain's moral obligation
Mr Cameron, what about your moral obligations to the British people?
J M BURKE