Wednesday, April 20, 2016

20-Apr-16: Parliamentary committee says UK govt doesn't fully know how taxpayer funds are spent

Session of UK parliamentary Public Accounts Committee
[Image Source]
A report [here] of the UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee has concluded, according to a summary posted on the parliamentary website today, that the UK government - which in this case specifically means the UK's Department For International Development (DFID) and its Foreign Office - does not fully understand how taxpayers' money is spent when it intervenes in crises overseas.

Does does this have any bearing on the years of UK taxpayer funds being handed over as aid to the terrorism-addicted PA regime ["13-Apr-16: Parliament will debate UK funding of the PA's Rewards for Terror scheme"]? Remember? Those millions of pounds of aid given annually to people about whom the Mail on Sunday published a blistering expose four weeks ago?
The scandal of how Britain fritters away billions in foreign aid – including paying salaries to convicted terrorists who have murdered hundreds of innocent people – is exposed today by a major MoS investigation. The shocking revelation that thousands of Palestinian terrorists, including men who have masterminded suicide bombings and murdered children, are given cash handouts from aid money will cause anger and disbelief, particularly in the wake of the Brussels massacres. Our probe exposed how huge amounts of taxpayers’ cash, that critics say should be spent in Britain, is being ‘squandered’ on wasteful schemes elsewhere by the Department For International Development (DFID) and Foreign Office. [Mail on Sunday UK, via the Daily Mail website, March 27, 2016]
It will be interesting to see how parliamentarians respond to self-justifying declarations from the UK's foreign aid bureaucracy like this one, quoted in the Daily Mail on March 26, 2016:
"DFID insists that the government is 'cutting wasteful programmes and making sure spending is in the national interest... Our aid programme is helping to create a more prosperous and stable world in which the UK can stand tall and flourish."
The man on the left, wearing a keffiyeh on which the Arabic words "Free
Palestine" are emblazoned, is Dr Alistair McPhail, the UK's Consul-General
to Jerusalem. The photo was published in 2014 [here] by Islamic Relief
Palestine, shortly after McPhail visited Gaza City to open a new laboratory
at Al-Azhar University, an Egyptian institution with a campus
in the Islamist-controlled Hamas enclave. The lab was part-funded
via British government foreign aid
We may soon get a better sense of how that whole stand-tall-and-flourish strategy is working out because, as we reported a week ago here, the full parliament, not just a committee, is going to be debating the issues raised by a petition [text here] triggered by the Daily Mail's expose. That's now due to happen on June 13, 2016. 

European - and British - foreign aid money, along with taxpayer funds from several other Western countries, have served as the indispensable fuel that has enabled more than a decade and a half of systematic Palestinian Arab acts of terror and murder. The connection between PA corruption, malevolence and mendacity through the Arafat and Abbas years has been there at all times for anyone who wanted to see. Now there's a chance for this to be stopped.

Please read and share our other recent pieces about this ongoing terror-funding scandal:
Also: one small reminder (among many) of how utterly confident British public servants can sound about funding dangerous causes of an Islamic nature, right up until the moment when their mistakes (read: incompetence, arrogance, perhaps willful avoidance of the issues) are demonstrated to them in ways they can no longer dismiss, see this post from nearly a decade ago: "4-Aug-06: BBC Exposes Hamas' UK Terror Financiers".

How much better is everything been done now, ten years later? We might learn.

No comments: