We are all very aware of the depressing situation with the steel industry, with the ongoing saga with Tata and their intention to sell off their steelworks.
In this part of the world we are still coming to terms with the dramatic loss of jobs caused with the SSI closure – both direct and indirect.
To then read that the Chinese steel industry was receiving aid money from DFID, as part of an aid package to the very industry dumping steel and creating much of the distress to all steel manufacture, made me rage.
They paid £21million, money that could have been used at home.
I am not in favour of the crazy foreign aid strategy that fixes our contribution to a percentage of our GDP.
This is money we do not have and have to borrow, thus increasing our debts.
But also the fact that we need to look after our own needs at home before bailing out countries in their efforts to manage their own finances.
We raise taxes to provide for our citizens, not citizens of other countries.
This fixing of our aid package is unnecessary.
It came about due to our elected MPs salving their consciences with our money, and trying to gain kudos in the global political arena.
This is unnecessary.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,