This glorious Development Superpower

A written answer to a question in the House of Commons puts some context around the priorities of this useless coalition of the incompetent.

In March this year the coalition announced cuts to the Winter Fuel Allowance in 2011.  The yearly tax-free payment to help people pay for their heating in the winter was worth £250 for the over 60s, and £400 for the over 80s.  However the cut reduces the payments to £200 and £300 for the two groups in the winter of 2011-12.

While the system is a farce with ex pats receiving the payments despite living abroad and financially comfortable pensioners also qualifying for payments, there is no doubt a large number of vulnerable elderly people need these payments to ensure they can afford some of the rapidly rising cost of heating their homes in the increasingly cold winters. Which is why cutting the payments on cost grounds is reprehensible.

But there was absolutely no need to cut the allowance because the payments are completely affordable.  It’s just that this grandstanding bunch of self serving politicians put the interests of the people they are paid to represent below their desire to appear virtuous on the world stage. Don’t take my word for it, see the evidence for yourself:

David Cameron announces plan to treble aid to Pakistan’s education system to £650m

David Cameron announces new £814m donation boost for vaccination programmes in poor countries

And so to that Commons written answer.  While there are people who will make compelling cases for these donations being made rather than spent on our own deserving poor, let someone try to defend this (click to enlarge):

These aren’t the actions of a development superpower.  These are the actions of a group of rich and privileged people who treat the people they have been elected to represent with utter contempt.

When elderly and vulnerable people in the UK die of hypothermia this coming winter, because they live in properties they cannot afford to heat, the responsibility will rest with a political class that has shown it values the lives of poor people overseas more than the lives of poor people in our own country… people who have long paid into the system to get just the kind of support they are now being denied, all because of some idiot’s wet dream of saving the planet from carbon dioxide.

There must be a reckoning.

7 Responses to “This glorious Development Superpower”


  1. 1 kenomeat 18/06/2011 at 12:00 am

    Not to mention the hidden taxes of the climate change levy and other environment charges in our energy bills, all of which make keeping warm in winter even more difficult for the poor and elderly. I had always thought the only answer was to vote for and to promote UKIP and eventually we would have a real government in this country. I now believe that we simply can’t afford to wait and that more direct action may indeed be necessary.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 18/06/2011 at 9:41 am

    “Climate finance for developing countries”

    Nice to know that the vaccines we have paid for will likely be useless because the fridge they were stored in stopped working when the wind dropped…..

    I deeply hope for the day when these clowns are held to account. But the thing you realise after a few hours reading Hansard, is that the only criticism of this kind of Khlima Rouge greenie nonsense is from MPs crying for more and faster action!

    Eventually and after destroying the remnants of our economy, the wheels will come off the cAGW juggernaut. But I have no faith at all that anyone will be found to have been a little bit economical with the truth.

    No sign I can detect of the predicted echelon of new “sceptical” Tory MPs.

    Perhaps those predictions also came from the CRU computer?

  3. 3 Aid is a waste 18/06/2011 at 10:25 am

  4. 4 Aid is a waste 18/06/2011 at 10:27 am

  5. 5 john in cheshire 18/06/2011 at 1:06 pm

    Until the ruling elite learn to fear us, the people, nothing will change. The fear of dying prematurely is possibly the only threat that will clarify their minds. The question is, therefore, how to instil that fear into their minds.

  6. 6 Gallovidian 18/06/2011 at 6:11 pm

    Absolute bloody disgrace, it is like living in a country under occupation. The “elite” who rule us are our conscious enemies.

    Now let us draw the appropriate conclusion.

  7. 7 kenomeat 18/06/2011 at 8:36 pm

    The EU’s CAP is a major factor in causing poverty in Africa by making it impossible for African farmers to compete with heavily subsidised European farmers. At the same time the EU is handing out billions in aid to Africa, thus making them aid-dependent on the EU. Truly sickening.


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