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Below is the text of Sir John Major’s article on the aid budget, published in the Sunday Telegraph on 5th June 2011.
SIR JOHN MAJOR:
Cameron's stance on Aid is right
Ahead of a global summit in London on vaccinations for the developing world, former Conservative Prime Minister John Major argues that David Cameron's commitment to Aid is bold, necessary and right.
It has become fashionable in some quarters to see the Coalition Government's decision to protect the life-
This argument is wholly wrong. Its advocates miss two critical points: first, that our Party's commitment to Aid pre-
Our Party's commitment to protecting the Aid budget was made six years ago when Michael Howard was leader. It was driven -
Let me put this into context: there are around 4 million children in primary school in England -
When spent wisely, Aid works: UK funding saves three million people from poverty each year. It has helped to eradicate smallpox; reduce polio cases from 350,000 a year in 1988 to just 1,500 last year; and increased the number of people on vital anti-
Next week, the UK is hosting an international summit to drive new pledges by charities, countries and businesses for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations [GAVI]. With the right support, the GAVI Alliance will be able to vaccinate one quarter of a billion of the world’s poorest children, saving millions of lives and giving millions the opportunity to grow up to become healthy, productive members of their communities and the wider world. No decent person would tolerate a British child dying from diarrhoea, yet this is a daily reality for thousands of families across the poor world.
The Government's agenda is to drive even stronger value for money from our Aid spend. Andrew Mitchell and his team have led a bold shake-
Aid is more than just charity. Britain is a global development superpower, respected for the quality as well as the quantity of her Aid. As the Prime Minister has said, most people in this country want Britain to stand for something in the world, and be something in the world. Aid tells the world our nation has a heart as well as a head. Alongside our world-
Aid is not just from Britain, it is also for Britain. If we don’t invest in countries that are broken -
I am proud that the Government I support has the courage of its convictions on global poverty. Of course these are tough times at home. But there are even greater hardships being suffered by those who live in the kind of abject poverty few of us can ever imagine. The Prime Minister is absolutely right to pursue this policy with vigour. We, as a nation, should be proud that our humanity and generous spirit will reach every corner of the world -