This is frightening. I more-or-less agree with Sifu. Aaaagh.
All this is happening while the foreign aid budget which primarily buys new Mercedes for dictators is not only ring fenced but increased.
The principle of foreign aid is sound. But yes, the implementation is woeful, awful - evil, even - crap. Next to none of it appears to go anywhere near the world’s poorest.
Oh, the foreign student fees remain a small percentage of university turnover. UK universities are effectively the last great socialist enterprise: national fee-scales (effectively), national pay scales (effectively), rewards for all the wrong, non-productive activities. The central planning - voluntarily perpetuated - consigns the whole venture to greyness of ever-increasing cost. Skilled jobs do indeed seem to go largely to those from overseas.
The radical right, the libertarian perspective, the notion of small government, have all lost the argument. Totally. It’s quite depressing. [/quote]
The budgetary deficit is greater than the foreign aid budget. So virtually all of the money for the foreign aid budget is borrowed money. Because of the increasingly third world make up of the British electorate it really is just a British version of what Americans call pork barrel spending. It is ridiculous that they can spend 12 billion a year on foreign aid but they can’t come up with 5 billion one time to properly fund the aircraft carriers that are necessary to protect the Falklands.
David Cameron stated that fees for British students were being raised to keep fee for foreign students from going up. The British government do enough for everyone but it’s own people. There is no other government like it in the world.
The labor market for educated and skilled workers has been flooded with cheap foreign labor. That is not a formula for maintaining the standard of living for working people.
I wouldn’t say they have lost the argument so much as people have become tolerant of really bad behavior through out the society. There is no sense of holding people accountable.