Why aid China and Russia?

MCBT Letters to the editor
MCBT Letters to the editor

A concerned reader wrote in this week in response to John Howell, who spoke about foreign add in his column last month.

I was astonished to read in John Howell’s column we will be continuing to send aid to China and Russia for the next five years. Two of the richest economies in the world and we are borrowing to give to them. We will also give £280m to India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Is it just me or does that seem absurd to anyone else? Would it make sense to you to get a bank loan so that you could help your wealthy neighbour buy his new car? Even leaving aside their records on human rights, to proudly announce that we will continue to fund countries like these for the next five years while telling essential workers to expect cuts in the pensions that they paid for and were promised is extraordinary. I expect that this government will find a way to blame the previous government but how desperate does our condition have to be before we call a halt to this idiocy?

A Knightley, Thame