Thursday, 12 January 2017

DfID - a chance missed

The so-called opposition in the House of Commons has yet to probe the government on the matters raised here. In yesterday's International Development Questions, most Labour MPs banged on about illegal Israeli settlements - a justifiable concern, but hardly appropriate to the Department in question.

Instead it was left to the last (no chance of a counter from the other side) for a Conservative MP to lob a friendly question to Rory Stewart who defended both dam construction and the "assistance" in financial management.

Nor was there a question about indirect aid to countries who clearly do not need it, as reported by the Telegraph, Mail and Guardian.

At least Priti Patel was looking at the use of consultants by DfID at an alleged cost of over £1bn.

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