British Prime Minister Johnson announced his government's intention to increase defence spending by £24.1 billion over the next four years, on top of existing annual defence spending (around £40bn p/a), and hence amounting to £190 billion over the next four years. That's nearly £200bn for the next 4 years. For what?
What did he just say? Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, speaking of the £24bn increase in defence budget announcement today, told Sky News: "Part of Britain’s overseas assistance is defence and security.'' Mr Wallace insisted the Government was not "abandoning the battlefield of international aid", but stated the "decisions on the numbers" will be revealed by the Chancellor next week. "Do … Continue reading The ‘battlefield of international aid’?
Could the line between UK aid and defence spending become blurred?
COVID 19 has profoundly exposed the failures and immorality of neoliberalism and the fragility of full-on globalisation. To save lives and minimize pandemic deaths directly or indirectly, everyone has had to follow 'social distancing' measures. However, this has also meant that many people are struggling financially to support themselves and their families due to loss … Continue reading UBI, defence spending and coronavirus