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Brown Pledges Another 5 Million Pound To Zimbabwe

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8112339.stm

Thoughts?

Should UK be giving away ANY money in charity or food aid when it is bankrupt?

Why not look after number 1 first before giving out welfare cheques elsewhere?

Even if the UK were to give money to Zimbabwe shouldn't it have been done under the proviso that Mugabe step down?

In my opinion more madness from Brown.

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I don't think its a big deal to be honest. In the grand scheme of things 60 million isn't much and there is great need. Mugabe has entered into coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai, things are better than they were. I hardly think the UK shouting the odds in Zim. without being willing to do a full-on overthrow of the government, de-ZanuPFification programme, train the local cops, lead the aid effort, stay for a generation or two keeping warring tribes apart, all the rest of it, would be very constructive given past history and allegations of ongoing imperialism. We certainly don't have enough money for that and the Yanks have no interest so we'd be on our own.

If you want the self-interested argument, if Zim. stabilises we can go back to stealing everything there that isn't nailed down along with quite a lot that is and 60 million of good will won't seem like a high price to have paid.

Truth is, although nobody wants to admit it, 60 million is a drop in the ocean of what British interests are taking out of the place as-is.

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ALL foreign aid is a disgrace: when Britain has 1.8 million pensioners living in poverty!

http://www.financemarkets.co.uk/2008/03/07...ing-in-poverty/

And perhaps it is worth recalling that it was thanks to Labour and Harold Wilson that the situation escalated into Smith declaring UDI.

All of the planning and eventual independance granted by Thatcher's government in 1980 (Lancaster House Agreement), was carried out mainly by Labour.

Thus the "Clean Break" with no gradual handover of power was a guarantee of future disaster.

Mainly since the Mashona tribe outnumbered the Matabele by 12 to 1.

And both tribes hated each other.

Bearing in mind that Rhodesia was the most verdant and self-sufficient African state, it has taken just 29 years to ruin it absolutely.

Simply throwing yet more millions at Mugabe and his criminal cronies is pointless.

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Come on folks...

It's a heck of a lot cheaper to chuck 'aid' to some tinpot dictator like Mugabe in power than it is to oust him using military force and prop up another regime.

As taken from the CIA World Factbook:

Agriculture - products: corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts; sheep, goats, pigs

Industries: mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and nonmetallic ores), steel; wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs, beverages

As corrupt a place as it is, it is steeped with valuable minerals, and of course diamonds, uranium, and has a geographically signifiant position in the heart of southern Africa.

60 Million is peanuts, but if it keeps diplomatic ties open, then it's money well spent.

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Its just some playful inter-state bribery.

"Heres £60m, if you want the same next year, dont vote against us in the UN or get too cuddly with those norty north koreans"

You get the idea. About as much to do with humanitarian causes as an MP's second home allowance has to do with helping them serve the nation.

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