The UK commits 0.7% of GDP to International Aid. Not only was it a manifesto commitment by the Conservative Party, but towards the end of the last Parliament, a large majority of MPs across all political parties voted in support of Michael Moore's Private Member's Bill to make it law. I voted in support of the new law, even though I would have preferred the legal commitment to be "up to 0.7%". Would have preferred it to be a limit on spending rather than a target for spending. May seem a bit pedantic, and may not have made much difference. But the principle would have been important. We would have been (as we should be) responding to genuine need rather than looking for projects to spend on.
Anyway, I voted for the current law. In general I believe International Aid to be both in the interests of our country as well as the right thing to do. The Mail on Sunday does not agree. And lots of others don't either. I suspect a majority of the UK public do not agree. But it is a manifesto commitment. I stood on platforms in the General Election campaign and declared my support quite forcibly. I know circumstances change over time, and politicians have to react. But I don't feel it right to renege on a promise so forcibly made just one year ago. Wonder what readers of this blog will think!