Tory opposition to foreign aid budget cuts reveals an exercise in self-interest

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced last week that there will be a £4 billion cut to international aid because of major blows to the UK economy dealt by the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision has provoked furious opposition from both sides of the aisle. Not only would it go against the Tory manifesto, but it would also undo a law enshrined under David Cameron’s government to commit at least 0.7 percent of Britain’s gross national income to international development.Conservative Foreign Office minister, Lady Sugg resigned in revolt, calling the decision “fundamentally wrong”. In…

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