Aid to India? A job creation scheme for UK arms exporters?

 

In the news recently: UK aid to change to trade… cut of £200m on aid to India.

The Financial Times reports that the UK’s aid programme has angered many Tory MPs . . . “They were particularly vexed by the decision by the Indian government to buy a new fleet of French Rafale jets, instead of the Typhoons made in part by Britain. They said the decision showed Britain’s aid budget was not winning the kind of influence and trade links they hoped for”.

An English correspondent comments:

This reveals the hypocrisy of inter-state aid as being merely a job creation scheme for UK arms exporters and amounts to a back door subsidy – particularly in constituencies where employment is based heavily on the defence industry.

 

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