Britain spends £13billion on aid every year to please Bono, says Ukip

Christopher Hope
Bono, singer for the band U2, speaks during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. in 2016 - © 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP

Foreign aid spending is kept high by ministers to impress popstars like Bono and Bob Geldof, the UK Independence Party will say today.

Ukip’s economic spokesman Patrick O’Flynn will say that Britain spends £13.3billion a year on aid - rather than using it to help working class communities - because party leaders took gap years in third world countries.

Under plans to be unveiled by Ukip today, Mr O'Flynn will propose cutting the Government’s annual aid contribution from 0.7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product to 0.2 per cent of GDP.

Patrick O'Flynn, Ukip economic spokesman

Mr O’Flynn will say: “The greatest joy for such politicians is being name-checked by rock stars and film stars and told how virtuous they are for being so generous with other people's money.

“But we cannot afford to contract out our aid policy to the likes of Bono and Bob Geldof.”

He will add that the likes of David Cameron and Tony Blair “head a generation of 'gap year' politicians who are more engaged with life in the places  they visited in their year off before university than with the living standards of working class communities in their own country”.

The proposal – which will also be unveiled  by the party’s leader Paul Nuttall - would save at least £10bn a year - and more as our economy grows in the years ahead.

Mr O’Flynn will also accuse Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems of seeking to “disenfranchise the views of the British public by offering only one choice when it comes to aid funding”. He will add: “Ukip is going to break up that political monopoly and offer a choice to the millions of voters who want to see less spent on aid and more on our key domestic public services.”

Mr Cameron did take a gap year between Eton College and going up to Oxford. However according to a biography, he spent his time on trips to Russia and Hong Kong.

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