Consider this as a plot line in a novel. The book is about British politics.
The Department for International Development, overseen by that prominent politician, let's call him Douglas Alexander, and set up to support dedicated aid charities such as Oxfam or Action Aid, decides to syphon off a few million to the Trades Union Congress in the hope the taxpayer won't notice the sleight of hand.
The money involved is from three grants given since 2003 totals £3.6m.
The first two grants were 'intended to raise awareness within the British union movement of international development issues' and the third specifically aimed at 'activities to build support for development in the United Kingdom that are likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty in other countries.'
A good plot isn't it, especially since the arrangement has continued without question for 7 years.
However, as you've guessed it's no plot, it's reality. The behaviour of this corrupt labour government to give aid money to a union which in turn hands it to the labour party to fund their political base.
They were rumbled today by the International Policy Network which published a report on the TUC's relationship with the DfID A Closer Union.
When asked why the government was using money earmarked for aid to developing countries to pay British trade unions, a DfID spokesman said:
“The TUC performs vital work in protecting workers in the developing world from exploitation and improving their often hazardous working conditions.” The spokesman added that the grant would be used “largely for development assistance”
More corruption, more scandal and more misuse of public funds. People still vote for these crooks. I'll never understand why.
Many thanks to Old Holborn for bringing this to my notice.