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    Harlow MP Mr Halfon told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'People recognise that many public sector workers have had to struggle over the past few years.'

    Mr Halfon said: 'I think we have to look, potentially, at sacred cows. What I'm suggesting is that we look at some of the overseas aid budget, which is going to be over £13 billion in the coming year.'

    He insisted he was 'passionate about overseas aid' but added: 'I think we face a particular difficulty in our country where many public sector workers have had to struggle, particularly those on lower pay, so I think temporarily, while the economy remains difficult, while we get down the deficit, I think we need to look at sacred cows like the overseas aid budget and use that to help the lowest-paid public sector workers.'
    Don't forget the £350m per week from the EU too.
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    That aid budget is ridiculous. There's a case for foreign aid but, apart from major disasters, it needs to be focused on long term improvement to a country's GDP. Studies show that aid to some countries has no measurable effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    That aid budget is ridiculous. There's a case for foreign aid but, apart from major disasters, it needs to be focused on long term improvement to a country's GDP. Studies show that aid to some countries has no measurable effect.
    It will have a measurable effect if it bribes that country to vote to keep the UK as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council
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    That's true. Hadn't thought of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    Don't forget the £350m per week from the EU too.
    Minus the rebate take us to £161m per week or £8bn pa. What benefits us more? Giving away £13 billion in aid or membership to a trading block the benefits everyone residing in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    That's true. Hadn't thought of that.
    I'll wager there's a few more things you've not thought of either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlasterBates View Post
    We haven't left the EU yet remember?

    So being in the EU relegates us to the bottom of the pile. Good thing we will leave soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    That aid budget is ridiculous. There's a case for foreign aid but, apart from major disasters, it needs to be focused on long term improvement to a country's GDP. Studies show that aid to some countries has no measurable effect.
    It does, the crown princes all have nice new BMWs/Mercedes brought by the British taxpayer
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    Quote Originally Posted by vetran View Post
    It does, the crown princes all have nice new BMWs/Mercedes brought by the British taxpayer
    And lots of nice shiny AK47s and RPGs from Russia too.
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