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Did Boris Johnson axe international development department so he could misuse its cash?

Boris Johnson can’t be trusted with cash: he seems to give it to his friends whenever he can – and the fear is that he’ll do it with the budget of the soon-to-be-scrapped Department for International Development.

Boris Johnson is being urged to forget his plan to scrap the Department for International Development on the grounds that money would go to the wrong nations.

The DfID is being merged with the Foreign Office but whereas the DfID has spent a majority of its budget in the poorest countries and has a reputation for transparency, the same cannot be said for the FO – especially under Boris Johnson.

When he was Foreign Secretary (between 2016-2018), it was in the middle of spending £84 million on China – which can hardly be said to require aid.

Indeed, 39 per cent of FO cash has gone to higher- and middle-income nations, with just 22 per cent going to the poorest countries.

The facts of the matter have only just been revealed, so it seems the FO can get away with hiding its spending – handy if you want to hand public cash to your mates.

So the question is:

Is Johnson scrapping the DfID so he can appropriate its money and give it to his dodgy contacts in foreign countries, in the same way he has handed billions of pounds of Covid-related cash to firms run by his cronies, who have provided nothing in response?

And, if that is even the suspicion:

Shouldn’t the plan to scrap the DfID be itself scrapped – to avoid trust in the government collapsing even more than it already has?

Source: Boris Johnson ‘can’t be trusted’ on foreign aid as millions sent to China revealed – Mirror Online

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Hilarity at the Tories’ expense as Labour MP calls for Boris Johnson to ‘FO’ from the FO

Boris Johnson [Image from The Canary].

Labour MP Peter Dowd earned himself a small place in Parliamentary history yesterday (December 14), when he destroyed the credibility of both Theresa May and Boris Johnson in just 15 seconds.

That is the amount of time it took him to ask this question:

Mr Speaker, in the light of the Foreign Secretary’s display of chronic foot-in-mouth disease, when deciding on Cabinet positions, does the Prime Minister now regret that pencilling FO against his name should have been an instruction not a job offer.

That was enough to send the occupants of the green benches into prolonged hysterics. A discomfited Mrs May had to wait for an interruption by the Speaker, John Bercow, before the laughter abated and she could respond. She said:

I have to say that the Foreign Secretary is doing an absolutely excellent job. He is in short an FFS, a fine foreign secretary.

How nice. But those of us who are familiar with Internet slang also know what “FFS” actually means, and in context it seems Mrs May was ill-advised to use it when referring to Mr Johnson.

You see, when referring to a man who embarrassed the Conservative Government by referring to its Middle East ally Saudi Arabia as “puppeteering and playing proxy wars”, and who – as London Mayor – wasted more than £300,000 on water cannons that cannot be used, the original meaning of the abbreviation “FFS” certainly comes to mind.

Perhaps that is why Canary writer Carlyn Harvey penned the following:

There’s one clear ‘instruction’ we should all give the prime minister: FFS, can you please tell the foreign secretary to FO? For all our sakes.

Source: A Labour MP just bulldozed Boris Johnson in 15 seconds flat, and sent PMQs into meltdown | The Canary

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