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Did you too have to read the heading twice on the above press release? 'UK aid hits 45 year high'.
While the country struggles with the worst recession since the 30s, Douglas Alexander's department, DFID, boasts the UK spent 0.52% of Gross National Income on overseas aid in 2009 - the highest proportion since 1964.
We are one of the few G8 countries on course to meet its 2005 Gleneagles commitment of 0.7%.
Official Development Assistance reached £7,365 million in 2009 which is an increase of more than £1 billion on the previous year's figure.
A draft bill is currently before Parliament which would place a legal duty on the International Development Secretary to ensure that the UK spends 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid from 2013.
Douglas Alexander said: "People across the UK can be proud that this country is leading the world in the fight against global poverty."
I'm certainly not proud. Until the people of this country get a first class healthcare system, a top quality education system and our elderly receive a pension with which they can support themselves without having to beg for taxpayers' money, then overseas aid should be reduced. Of course there's also the small matter of government debt. Why are we giving away money when we're paying millions, in interest alone, on government loans? It's doesn't make economic sense yet it continues to go on.
No doubt we fund some excellent projects overseas but millions is spent on propaganda, funding charities such as Oxfam and giving bilateral aid to countries such as India. DFID needs to stop acting like a charity for the world and we need to start asking where the money really goes.