Godfrey Bloom – feedback from the Yorkshire Post

Godfrey Bloom has certainly sparked a major debate in the columns of the Yorkshire Post. Whilst many would disagree with his sentiments, many do agree with him and those who do, have been expressing their feelings they are summarised in this YP article:

MEP hits home over priorities

9 thoughts on “Godfrey Bloom – feedback from the Yorkshire Post

  1. Many dont like the truth and the facts and if you speak out you get called a racist if you cant counteract the argument or the facts pull the racist card but I think thats now run its time
    I dont hear any of the anti facts followers speaking out about how people cant afford to eat having to go cap in hand to food banks, what net bring back the workhouse but we can give in excess of £23 million a day to corrupt countrys. but cant look after our own.
    maybe some one could explain to me just what a racist is
    it seams to cover every thing that any one say’s that talks common-sense ?

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    • Caven,
      from your earlier contributions to this site I understand that you have worked in several of the Lesser Developed Countries helping to provide water to communities.
      Where did / does your funding come from?

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  2. Here’s one. UKIP supporters are evidently totally confused on the issue of immigration and foreign aid. Surely the way to curtail the former is not to cut the latter? The more targeted and proper aid we give the less chance people will want to abandon their homelands to seek a better life in the UK. They will have hope of building a better future in their own countries. What better reason for giving aid rather than using it to prop up corrupt regimes? The real issues are elitism, taxation and foreign policy. There are elites in both developing and first world who run countries for their own benefit and do not pay their fair share of taxes. Bloom’s cheer leaders make a false choice option between spending on foreign countries or our own poor. In fact,if we had a proper tax regime, we could do both. What is UKIPs stance on economic equality? We also need to target aid on the regimes that want to build just societies and tackle their own corruption and elitism, supporting grass roots initiatives (such as Imran Khan’s hospital and his Movement for Justice in Pakistan) rather than slavishly following Us foreign policy agendas that only inflame tensions. If eg we directed a huge chunk of aid to somewhere like Botswana other countries would soon get the message. With global tension at a time when global tensions are increasing we must use foreign aid to make friends in the world not pull up the drawbridge. I suggest a read of Imran Khan’s personal history of Pakistan for a glimpse of what potential for developing countries exists, and a helping hand from richer nations could only help that. Mr Khan also makes the powerful point that countries are tested in times of trouble if they hold to their values. He cites the case of the US who have lost all admiration in Pakistan by abusing human rights in their clumsy war on terror. For the UK the challenge is different. To maintain our values of generosity and help to the poor even (especially?) when times are tough. That’s the kind of Britain I want to live in. And I would rather share my citizenship with 100 immigrants who agreed with me than Mr penny-pincher Bloom or any of his miserly cheerleaders.

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    • Simon.

      For as long as I can remember African countries have asked for aid of one sort or another.
      So what has happened to all the aid given during the past 50 years?
      Mugabe turned his country from breadbasket to basket case, do they still need our aid?
      The leaders of the Delta region in Nigeria plundered the oil wealth, do they still need our aid?
      Remember Live Aid in 1985? Million of people donated millions of pounds (and other currencies) to help feed the people of Ethiopia.
      However, the aid was not actually used by the Ethiopian government; instead, 56,000 tons of food were left rotting in a port while forced relocations continued.
      Do they still need our aid?

      Why do we insist on giving aid in the form of cash, loans, grants, agricultural equipment,
      medical equipment and advice and letting volunteers with a wide range of skills give their time when the crux of the matter is simply one of education?
      Education about family planning will help, education about crop growing and land rotation, education about self worth and self help, are these not worthwhile aims?
      When Britain and France ruled a sizeable portion of Africa I do not recall hearing and seeing bleeding heart stories about starvation and famines on a large scale. I’m not advocating a return to colonial rule but does it not seem strange to you since African nations were granted independence and self government the ‘Give us more money’ pleas have increased substantially?
      If aid is given it should, IMV, be monitored and controlled by donor countries until such times as the recipients learn to manage aid properly and/or the despots controlling these countries are removed from office
      Perhaps my views conflict with your Christian ethos but I’m asking valid questions.

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      • Ta Rik . Colin I agree with you that aid needs to be properly targeted and monitored but the Bloom line seems to be for an uncritical full stop. Having spent some time in Zambia I know that one country in particular is funnelling billions in aid to sub Saharan Africa and thus ensuring its future security for food and precious minerals CHINA! UK policy in neglecting Africa is a long term short sighted disaster

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