99.3% of the UK Budget is not spent on Overseas Aid. So what is all the fuss about? When looked at in the context of the whole of the Budget, 0.7% is in fact a very small amount. And whilst we are on about fuss, who wrote this? -
“Our generous but carefully controlled aid programme is both an investment in the freedom and prosperity of the poorer countries and in a stable and expanding world economy"
- or when asked about the essential role of Government, argued -
“...you have to do international aid."
It was none other than Margaret Thatcher. The first quote is from the 1983 Manifesto, and the second from The Times in 1988. Whilst she was in office, the UK spent more, in proportion to GDP, on overseas development than the United States.