May 17th, 2011

There’s More Than One Cunning Fox

Once again one of Liam’s little letters has made its way into the papers. Again he is protesting his innocence, and this time he’s not the only suspect.

“A source close to Dr Fox” said “the Defence Secretary fully supports the principle of a 0.7% target on international aid.” Yet his letter will be seen, by the Tory right and grassroots, at the very least, as a rejection of what a growing number believe to be an absurd policy. While we scrap aircraft carriers, we thank Pakistan for all their help recently by sending them hundreds of millions….

But who else would benefit from this row being out in the open? Which ambitious and restless colleague was consulted and is mentioned in the first sentence of the letter:

Dear David Cameron
I have considered the issue carefully, and discussed it with Andrew [Mitchell] and William Hague, but I cannot support the proposal in its current form….

Could maneuvering Mitchell be doing a little fox-hunting?

It’s clear Mitchell would have known the letter was coming and he has a stake in the fight, but could it have been even more Machiavellian? Downing Street don’t want a reshuffle just yet, and this debate has distracted nicely from Huhne’s problems for a couple of hours. Who knows, maybe this is even the beginning of another government u-turn. This time to throw a bone to the Tory-core vote, that held up, rather than the electorally decimated LibDems.


  1. 1
    Angry Beasts says:

    Oh come on Billy – Wake up!

  2. 2
    Chris Huhne says:

    No comment

  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Who cares , in a few years the EU will be our army, if they aint bombing us….

  4. 4
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And besides when has the goverment ever given a shit about someone elses money?

  5. 5
    Duty Pedant says:


  6. 6
    I says:

    Never trust a politician…………………particularly one on your own side

  7. 7
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Looks a bit American to me

  8. 8
    Dick the Prick says:

    Think the sub-ed has gone off on the sick with stress! OT – but Craig Murray has a wonderful history of ‘Dr’ Liam Fox’s time at Glasgow University – a few skeletons in the wardrobe which ‘Dr’ Fox should be careful about being backed up with evidence. Ed Balls was an amateur.

  9. 9
    I says:

    Let’s buy G a spell-check for Christmas

  10. 10
    Judge says:

    The options are “guilty” or “not guilty”, Mr Huhne. Try again, please.

  11. 11
    smoggie says:

    When they want some of it.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Who’s the headless babe in white (left of pic) provocatively cupping her breasts. Plenty of milfish potential there unless it’s Pickles.

  13. 13
    Michael Gove says:

    Seen elsewhere ( opposite )

    Education minister borrows Commons speech from Wikipedia

    Well he is my Minister for Skills. C & P = Lesson 1

  14. 14
    Sir William Waad says:

    Who’s the chap on the left of the picture, with the purple bracelet, trying to silence the voices in his head?

  15. 15
    Hugh Janus says:

    Lazy minister’s copied Wiki speech (see opposite):

    Originality obviously not his strong point…

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    should be 0.00000000000007% or Tuppence, lesser of the two.

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    It’s a political not a departmental matter, so the leak can only have come from Ministers or SpAds, not civil servants.

    0.7% of UK GDP is about £9.4 billion, or roughly the cost of the two aircraft carriers, or half the annual cuts in each year of this Parliament.

    I don’t mind the concept of foreign aid. But having worked with DFID bods in Bosnia you can be very certain that an astonishing amount will be wasted, and the total amount per year is way too high.

    If we cut the amount by 50%, it would have the effect of increasing GDP by 0.35% annually.

  18. 18
    I says:

    She must be OK the chap sitting next to her is playing with himself.

  19. 19
    Judge says:

    Er, it’s Andrew Mitchell

  20. 20
    Iloathlefties says:

    Giving £10 billion in aid to foreign people annually including £650 million to build schools in Pakistan is total madness. Pakistan and India are nucleur powers with space programmes who choose to spend their money on other things. One of them as we now know harboured Bin Laden!! We also give to China and Somalia, the latter has pirates who kidnap our people.

    I know our politicians are stupid…………….but this absolute stupidity when we’re broke?

    So we borrow this money to ………give it away.

    Then there’s the £10 billion net to EU. So I wonder where we could cut the deficit by £20 billion??????????????

  21. 21
    The literal, English meaning of Celt is scrounger says:

    It was richly amusing hearing Celt terrorists in Sinn Fein complaining about the cost of protecting QE2 from their scum on Radio 5 Liebour today.

    Take the cash out of the loan we’ve just lobbed you….fucking degenerate Pikey/Terrorist/Scrounger/Gypsy

  22. 22
    Hugh Janus says:

    With apologies to 13, hadn’t seen when I posted.

  23. 23
    Steve Keen says:

    I have been stiched up!

  24. 24
    Harriet Harman is the Litmus Test says:

    1) Who is Andrew Mitchell?

    2) This time Fox is correct and Dave is in the wrong. The fact that Harriet Harman agrees with Dave’s aid Law and disagrees with Fox tells you all you need to know.

  25. 25
    D. C. says:

    Hadn’t thought of it that way………….hmmmmm

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    1) Er, International Development Secretary.

    The clue’s in the story?

  27. 27
    The literal, English meaning of Celt is scrounger says:

    Yes, I have to agree with Dr Fox

    Fuck these foreign filth……can we stop the loan to the Pikey scum infesting Dublin’s council estates as well?

  28. 28
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Anyway i thought fox hunting had been banned?

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Craig Murray? Not that ‘progressive’ jock wanker who was kicked out of uzebekistan for insulting his hosts?

  30. 30
    Chris Huhne says:

    Why are you all looking at me? I don’t open other people’s post.

  31. 31
    Man in the street says:

    Never heard of him before. Is he important?

  32. 32
    The cunt of Monte Cristo says:

    The Oirish twats are droning on about ‘freedom from English oppression’……blah, blah

    Now they’re financial slaves to the EU on account of being too stupid to run an economy

    Fuck em

  33. 33
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    Its all strategy & no pronciples with rusty Dave.

    He is Continuity Labour.

    He cancelled our Harriers to give the savings to Pakistan.

    He cut our services here at home to fund the EU budget increase.

    He will enshrine in UK Law the absurdity & obscenity that is DFID.

    I never thought I would despise rusty Dave as much as I do McRuin, but I do.

    Blue Labour out.

  34. 34
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    Modded again – twice in a day. Welcome to HYS.

  35. 35
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    And today dear old George offers £4.2 billion pounds, that we do not have, to help bail out Portugal. Unfortunately Portugal does not have the ability to pay the money back. Do these Efing idiots have a clue how to run a country or a budget???? Why did we bail out Ireland, they wanted to be separate rom the UK and fought to be free only later to become part of a European state- Fck em, let them swim.

    Self-serving, greedy, corrupt, thieving idiots. Time the public woke up and started to write and protest against politicians. They are simply not representing the views of the people or the mandate given to them to govern. EU referendum please and the right to recall MPs.

    Meanwhile we import 40,000 Pakistani’s each year on student visas, when it is clear the US will not share intelligence with the country (because of the failed attempt to capture bin Laden in 1998 and perhaps hide him for several years); we fear radicalisation of muslims, and yet, wet Cameron gives Pakistan £650 million pounds and tells us to be vigilant!!

    This is despite the fact that Pakistan is still spending a fortune on its military capacity rather than feed its poor people or that it prefers to maintain and increase its nuclear capability rather than educate or feed its poor or that it is buying submarines from Russia seems irrelevant to dim witted Cameron and his side kick McClegg- who leads the dishonest Lie Dems.

    Is Russia stumping up overseas aid money (enshrined in law) or importing 40,000 Pakistani immigrants each year? I think not.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Good on you Liam. the policy is a total farce in these straightened times. Look after our own first.

  37. 37
    Chris Huhne says:

    Guilty m’lud.

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    Engineer says:

    I don’t mind governments doing u-turns if they end up with better policies and consequently more sensible legislation. In this case, most feel that charity should begin at home, that the Paks are probably taking us for a ride over security matters, and that India is generating enough of it’s own revenue to address it’s own problems. Think Fox may be more in line with public opinion on this one than Dave.

    While Dave is in u-turn mode, would he please reconsider his attitudes to the so-called man-made climate change, and the continual drain of our money to the corrupt and incompetent EU? Us taxpayers would be most obliged.

  39. 39
    Odd Bod says:

    Why is that strange man on the left wearing a purple bracelet and clutching his head? Is he a lib Dem?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Youhave probarly written P*kistan, i have a few times advised on avoiding the mod, P_E_A is modded as is P*ice and J8W and Guido and Neo Guidos real name

  41. 41
    Runner Up says:


  42. 42

    Tell me about it!

  43. 43
    Penfold says:

    Bugger the politics, NO MORE SPENDING ON AID, this country cannot afford to waste any money on aid, whether to dodgy terrorist supporting rag heads in Pakistan or permanently broke and in need of support African countries that are endemically corrupt and incompetent as it suits their dependance economics.
    We should be spending the saved money on ourselves and to beef up defence particularly in the light of the latest little episode from the those Irish idiots at the latest IRA splinter group. Indeed with Islamic militants still on the warfront and intent on fighting their idiotic Jihad to install a Caliphate on the western world we need to maintain a strong defence stance.

    I am sick and tired of this fucking around with unattributive briefings, leaked letters and memo’s, and comments from an unnamed source. We had enough of this shit from NuLab and its time it stopped.

    As for Huhne, lets get this resolved rapidamente.
    As for DFID and Mitchell, sayanara.

  44. 44
    Supreme Court of Public Opinion says:

    …and by the time it get’s to us there’s only the option of “Guilty”

  45. 45
    Conservative says:

    A fair number of electors, during recent doorstep canvassing, mentioned their dislike of UK money going in overseas aid and to the EU.

  46. 46
    DSK says:

    What about me?? You guys aren’t gonna be raped in jail!?

  47. 47
    Sir William Waad says:

    It would probably be more effective just to hire a C47 and fly over poor countries sprinkling dollar bills. At least some of the money would go where it was needed.

  48. 48
    Hugh Janus says:

    Be patient Billy – that nice Mr Cameron made a pre-election promise to put it to a vote again. And, as we all know, he never breaks his word…

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t Dr Fox have his hands covering his eyes?

  50. 50
    Ali Dizaei says:

    Fox hunting is the preserve of The White Upper classes. You is all Institutionall racists innit ?

  51. 51

    Mmmm… sounds good. I’d like it

  52. 52
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Another thief in government.

    Clark ought to change the criminal justice system so it is based on the standards of parliament, we could save a fortune.

    No need to investigate or prosecute thieves or benefit cheats- David Laws got off from Lyons investigation when he tried to buy his boyfriend a house on the taxpayer. Cameron and McClegg support him so it appears to be fine to behave like this.

  53. 53
    Hugh Janus says:

    Cave-In Dave seems to have become increasingly detached from public opinion, and shows no sign of reversing this trend.

  54. 54
    Hugh Janus says:


  55. 55
    Engineer says:

    And you is a convicted bent copper, innit?

  56. 56
    Engineer says:

    Well, certainly – but only the good-looking female ones, please.

  57. 57
    Father Ted says:

    Its very manners to publish pics of your host’s favourite pastimes i.e. torture and mutilation.

  58. 58
    the Lobbyist says:

    Overseas aid to China? Pakistan? – yet cutting the armed forces to nothing. Where was that in the manifesto?

  59. 59
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    No. But he’s actually quite hard.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly why we should care!

  61. 61
    Gerry Mandering says:

    Foreign Filth? – Where’s Fox from then.

  62. 62
    nivek says:

    might be action man fr. Aldershot but looks a little too grey.

  63. 63
    Billy Bowdens surgically removed testicle says:

    I miss you Billy !

  64. 64
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    French get 2018 Ryder cup.

  65. 65
    Mad Hattie and Dave "Big Society" Camoron in complete agreement, says:

    It’s not someone else’s money, it’s the state’s money, for the state to spend as the state sees fit.

  66. 66
    Selohesra says:

    Perhaps I’m being dense here – but why P_E_A?

  67. 67
    Nigerian Prince says:

    A great opportunity has just arisen for the UK people. Send me 1 billion dollars and you will be smiling again. Guaranteed happiness. Sorry, no refunds.
    PO Box 123456

  68. 68
    dominique s-k says:

    that sounds like a good idea!

  69. 69
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Something to do with the B*P i heard.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    The International Development Secretary was criticised in an episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, due to be broadcast tonight (Monday).

    But the Conservative MP insisted the claims about him were untrue.

    Mr Mitchell said: “I am an investor in an international property fund which is properly governed.

    “I will be paying full UK tax on any profits which may emerge.”

    The MP is said to have invested at least £130,000 in two property investment funds in the British Virgin Islands.

    But these have not yet made a profit, and any profits they did return would be recorded as income and taxed in the UK in the usual way, according to the MP.

    He is believed to have instructed lawyers to examine the contents of the programme, which also makes claims about the financial affairs of Chancellor George Osborne, and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

    It reports that Mr Osborne, who stands to inherit a fortune from his father’s luxury wallpaper firm, stands to gain more than £4 million from a trust fund, and that the trust fund arrangements will save him and other beneficiaries £1.6 million in inheritance tax.

    Dispatches also claims that Mr Hammond, whose £7.5million fortune makes him one of the wealthiest of the Cabinet’s 18 millionaires, pays himself share dividends instead of a salary from his property firm Castlemead.

    A source close to Mr Mitchell described the programme as “gutter journalism”.

  71. 71
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    0.7% is unacceptable, 0.07% is more like it. Charity begins at home.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Tax avoidence is legal.

  73. 73
    Dick the Prick says:

    Yeah, that’s the guy. Some say insulting others say ‘ere boss, these nutters are boiling folk alive dontcha know?’

    ‘Quick, get that Murray the fuck out of there – there’s oil contracts to be won and the simple case of boiling Ural ayrabs alive is simply the price of doing business’

    ‘But boss, he ain’t done owt wrong’

    ‘Well, just make up some shit, man, must I tell you again?’ etc etc etc

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    True, there are women (with hidden partners) claiming single parents benefits and as Billy says “when has the goverment ever given a shit about someone elses money?”.

  75. 75
    ex-Conservative voter says:

    Have you ever actually met anyone who says they’d like us to increase our foreign aid budget and pay more to the EU?

    100% of the people I know who have expressed an opinion say we should pay less, or pay nothing at all.

    Camoron is absolutely off his trolley.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    What about avoiding to tell the benefits office about the partner and claiming single parents benefits or working in the black economy?

    Tax avoidence is legal only because these are the people who make the law. Why don’t they let even average people to do the same?

  77. 77
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    We have increased the overseas aid budget to £11.5 billion. I suppose this could have helped to reduce cuts here?

  78. 78
    Sinead O'Conner's 53rd final retirement from the music business says:

    Good looking oirish women? Sinead O’Conner was the closest they ever got to one of those, and she was a lefty mong who shaved all her hair off.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dont claim benifits or work in the black econemy , so have no idea where you got that smear from.

  80. 80
    Hague, Private jet, The sunday times rich list and a Powerstation in Pakistan. says:

    Name of donor: Malcolm Scott

    Address of donor : private

    Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: provision of a seat on a private plane to and from Edinburgh; value £4,200 approx.

    Date of receipt of donation: 31 March 2011

    Date of acceptance of donation: 31 March 2011

    Donor status: individual

    (Registered 28 April 2011)

    Scott, 43, one of Scotland’s up-and-coming tycoons, has grain interests worth £10m. His land and property interests add a further £79m, and he also has a stake in a planned coal-fired power station in Pakistan.,,47992,00.html

  81. 81
    Chav logic (actually quite sound) says:

    If you don’t claim it in benefits, Dave will only p!ss it away to other countries.

  82. 82
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    David Laws was guilty but Lyons did his best to ameliorate his wrong doing. Can we all buy a house for our partners on the taxpayer please.

  83. 83
    Government debt interest: £137million per day says:

    Or pay off more of the de*bt.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    I do agree with Fox on this. It is madness especially when there is not enough money to look after the people in your own country.

  85. 85
    Gordon Brown says:

    Have you still got my gold?

  86. 86

    And nose.
    And mouth.

  87. 87
    Charlotte Harris says:

    Men need to be careful. Women getting really angry now :) Cc Chris Huhne, Ryan Giggs, Governator, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

  88. 88
    Chris Huhne says:


  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Current top 10 recipients of UK bilateral aid
    Country Aid 09/10
    1. India £295m
    2. Ethiopia £214m
    3. Bangladesh £149m
    4. Sudan £146m
    5. Tanzania £144m
    6. Pakistan £140m
    7. Afghanistan £133m
    8. Nigeria £114m
    9. Congo (Dem Rep) £109m
    10. Ghana £90m

  90. 90
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    OH makes the point.

  91. 91

    The Liberals will be demanding MORE foreign aid.
    I’m beginning to think we might be better off without these allies.

  92. 92
    Hope we didn't money to build this road says:

    A row has broken out in India after Congress party MP Rahul Gandhi accused police of killing farmers during recent protests against a new road.

    Mr Gandhi said the remains of many murdered farmers had been found in Uttar Pradesh state. Local women had also been raped, he alleged.

    The state’s governing Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) has rejected the charges, saying they are politically motivated.

    Farmers say they are being forced to give up land for industry projects.

    The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says many see this is as a political row between the two parties ahead of local elections due next year.

    But acquisition of land for industry is a raging issue in India as it tries to balance the demands of a growing economy with the interests of its rural poor, our correspondent adds.

    The government says it will introduce a new law in parliament which will address the issue.

  93. 93
    Backwoodsman says:

    Its the ‘advisors’ , they can’t quite break free from their inner gaurdianista, even when they join the Tories.
    What Cameron needs to do, is get Fawkes to nominate a random group of board members , as a weekly focus group, to cast a jaundiced eye over all policy drafts. He’d be streets ahead in the polls in no time !

  94. 94
    The Rhondda's famous Chris Byrentboyo says:

    Radio Five Live’s Irishists currently debating with some Irish twat about Irish freedom from English rule, the new relationship, what does the Queen’s visit mean, etc etc

    Give us back our feckun load ya paddy bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    What about the three wars UK is fighting? How much does it cost?

  96. 96
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    A better caption comp photo than we’ve been given for ages!

  97. 97
    Remittance Man says:


    Adfghanistan and Libya make two. Where’s the other one?

  98. 98
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    what is that purple thing?

    it looks like a flea collar.

  99. 99
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Lybia isnt a war, We are just particpating in a no-fly zone.

  100. 100

    Yes please, with a cock in my ass

  101. 101
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Post graveyard: Selohesra. Apparently to do with the “meme” (ie borderline personality disorder repetition), about what Diianne Abot eats.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    What about the Nolan Sisters.

    5 convent educated hotties either in series or parallel. Mmmmmmm.

  103. 103
    God says:

    Spending scarce resources on “foreign aid” constitutes utter stupidity and is one Cameron’s sops to the left wing of the Coalition. Why the mUK government is sending funds to Pakistan, Somalia et al is beyond even me! It is NOT the government’s money; it belongs to the people, most of whom are not in favour of such righteous generosity on the part of the government. Cameron should take note of the rumblings about this. I HAVE SPOKEN.

  104. 104
    Raving Loon says:

    Stop all foreign aid and abolish the department for international development. Bring the troops home from overseas. Leave the EU, UN, NATO, IMF WTO and World Bank.


  105. 105
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The Birds in the Irish band bewitched from the 90s werent to bad.

  106. 106
    Postlethwaite says:

    err by definition a no fly zone is about flying, not about bombing ground targets.

    Maybe i’m wrong on that.

  107. 107
    Remittance Man says:

    Dropping bombs on people’s heads counts as a war in my book. Still doesn’t explain Nonny’s third war though.

  108. 108
    In Cest says:

    So we give P@kist@n foreign aid and they then build a coal power station and make Mr Hague’s friend even richer?

  109. 109
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ok, What i meant was compared to Iraq and Afghanistan our contribution is minimal, And compared to iraq we had a mandate before we got involved.

  110. 110
    Raving Loon says:

    Most of the people who I know favour increasing foreign aid paid for via taxation don’t usually pay tax themselves, or in fact derive their income from taxpayers. I can’t think of any person who works in the private sector (and does not get contracts from the government) who agrees with tax payer funded foreign aid.

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    Selohesra says:


  112. 112
    Mark Skid says:

    How about 0.0% gets spent on foreign aid? That is the only figure acceptable to me.

  113. 113
    Postlethwaite says:

    Why not invest in a coal fired power station in Britain?
    Then when the coal fired power station carbon diaoxide tax kicks in over the next three years we can shut it down.
    This tax also kicks into touch all that ‘essential’ carbon dioxide capture and sequestration.
    Good job the government is funding this to the tune of 1,000 million pounds eh?

    Left hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

  114. 114
    Mishcon De Reya says:

    The Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has just left his department in Whitehall refusing to answer Guido Fawkes’ questions.

  115. 115
    Steve Miliband says:

    I got it a few years ago – Europe v USA, team with most points win

  116. 116
    I says:

    We just use a Raid Aerosol. Does what it says on the tin

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    Remittance Man says:

    I’m guessing you don’t frequent dinner parties in Notting Hill much. Or any other part of London that could be described as ciabatta Central.

    Sadly, while the vast majority of tax payers don’t either, most of the twats making the decisions do.

  118. 118
    Vicky Pryce says:

    Toasted Huhne anyone Chris Huhne – Zero Emissions, Zero Future: http:…

  119. 119
    quirky says:

    you are mad sir! Utterly mad. Begone with u.

  120. 120
    Nick Robinson says:

    I will ask the people in THE STREET how much they would like to donate

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    British Public Opinion says:

    it does seem wrong to be doling out aid to others when we are struggling ourselves but in the wider world as a developed ‘wealthier ‘nation where we lead in maintaining aid often others follow.

    Unfortunately many pledging money for this and that actually don’t follow through on the promise but nevertheless we have a duty to try and help other developing nations even if it only leads to better understanding or simply trade in the future.

    have just re read this and realise I am just completely naieve…back to the garden

  122. 122
    Gordon Brown says:

    Thats an increase

  123. 123
    We still have troops in Iraq says:

    Under what legal basis do British forces remain in Iraq?

    British forces remain in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq. The legal basis for our presence is provided by two separate agreements: the bilateral UK-Iraq Training and Maritime Support Agreement and the multilateral NATO Long Term Agreement.

    Royal Navy personnel training the Iraqi Navy and helping to protect Iraq’s maritime infrastructure operate under the Training and Maritime Support Agreement which was signed by the UK and Iraqi governments on 6 June 2009. This agreement entered into force on 22 November 2009 having been ratified by both the UK and Iraqi Parliaments.

    The Training and Maritime Support Agreement had a duration of one year and had been due to expire on 22 November 2010. However, on 9 November 2010, the Iraqi Council of Ministers requested that our Royal Navy trainers continue their work under the Training and Maritime Support Agreement.

    The UK Government agreed to this request and as such the Royal Navy remains in Iraq to complete their contribution to the mission, most likely by spring next year.

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    Hague on the take? says:

    So we are in effect financing a coal fired powerstation in Pakistan, lining the pockets of Hague’s rich friend and blighting our own country with windmills.

    As Hague is the foreign secretary is it appropriate for him to accept gifts from a man who wishes to build a power station in P@kistan?

  125. 125
    British Public Opinion says:

    once a huhne always a c’unt

  126. 126
    Jack Duckworth says:

    Fook off

  127. 127
    The only good MP is a dead MP says:

    Are those recipients countries, or just ‘communities’ in Bradford and Londonistan?

  128. 128
    Yes Pickles says:

    Wrong Street

  129. 129
    ex-Conservative voter says:

    You’re quite right, I don’t frequent those dinner parties.

    I think those who do frequent Notting Hill dinner parties and who do think we should give more aid to countries with nuclear arsenals and space-programmes, should hand their own money over, rather than pledging ours. Isn’t that Dave’s “Big Society” in action? People, not government, making things happen?

  130. 130
    ex-Conservative voter says:

    Think about the recipients of our aid. Some have bigger navies than us, they have space-programmes, they have nuclear weapons. They know we’re broke, they know we’re struggling, but, parasites that they are, they still accept our money. Which they then throw away.

  131. 131
    Third World Dictator ( friendly ) says:

    I don’t like your thinking, I prefer the way you do it now. Give it to me and let me solve poverty in my country. After I have filled my Swiss bank accounts and bought a new fleet of diamond encrusted Mercedes, of course.

  132. 132
    Archer Karcher says:

    Big Society = Fabian Shite.

  133. 133
    Dave 'I'm a regular kinda guy' Cameron says:

    Look I’ll make this perfectly clear, in the new modern post democratic age, a manifesto is merely notional and subject to change at any moment. Granted it now looks just like the manifesto of the losing party, but hey, I don’t make the rules ok? For that you will have to chat with my boss and his bosses, thank’s.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…. I see Scotland failed to get a mention.

  135. 135
    Attilla the Nun says:

    “Who is Andrew Mitchell?”

    Andrew Mitchell is 4G Man – 4 Gays, 4Greens, 4 The Gaza Strip and 4 Giving our money to corrupt regimes.

    John Snow said he would have been proud to have been his love child…

    …or was it Andrew Marr?

  136. 136
    Archietheescapee says:

    Is the grand total of benefit syphoning – legit and illegit – which is transferred every month to the countries which are recipients of our overseas aid, deducted from the respective donations. If it were, I think we would be a net gainer which would help considerably in filling in the National Black Hole !!

  137. 137
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Anon @ 2:58 – lol.

    India – scandalous
    Ethiopia – scandalous if they continue spending so much on arms
    Sudan – should go to the new southern state
    Tanzania – should check on wastage
    Pakistan – need to fight the terrorists BUT leaves a bad taste
    Nigeria – why, they’ve got oil?
    Congo – needs some law and order so probanly wasted

  138. 138
    Iloathlefties says:

    ………………….but we’re still borrowing £11.5 billion to …..give it away. Would we do this with our own budgets. OK………l think I’ll get a bank loan so that I can give it to foreign charities. Madness. Our politicians are not fit to hold office and look after the taxes they fiddle from us. Ba**ards.

  139. 139
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Still no answer as to where the third “war” is.

    These lefties and peace-niks are so prone to exaggeration. According to them millions were killed in Iraq!

  140. 140
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Only if you are gay and don’t want to come out!

  141. 141
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Mini-me Guido on duty again.

  142. 142
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Overseas aid must not be cut, especially to those countries whose former citizens are now my constituents. That is in particular, Bagladesh, Kurdistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, China and many African countries. These people, who almost all vote for me, need help for their many relatives, that we have, as yet, not been able to get into this country.

  143. 143
    Winston's Black & Tans says:

    So Mr Fawkes are you there in spirit supporting your republican friends who say the job is not complete because the 32 county Republic still does not exist?

  144. 144
    Polly says:

    Nigeria ( £114 million for God’s sake!) is drowning in oil. It is one of the early oil countries . Oil was first sold on 1963 and there is plenty of it. Nigeria is one of the richest oil “nations” in the world.

    Their generals and politicos are really rather well lined and offshore secret bank accounts are de rigueur. One of them -General something or other- was reputed by a banking survey ( HSBC) to have £12 billion in savings. Doubtless all honestly earned.

    One might well be curious therefore as to why , after 52 years of copious pumping, Nigeria is a thirdworld cesspit of poverty, crime, chaos and minimal achievement. where did and where is the money going?

    Any guesses?

  145. 145
    Needs two halfpennies to rub together. says:

    They should be giving us some fucking money.
    We’re skint.
    We can’t afford it.

  146. 146
    nell says:

    Talking of ‘cunning’ foxes…

    militwit and glasman think they’ve been very cunning. They’re publishing an ebook on how labour is going to become blue.

    Of course they don’t have any economic policies beyond taxing speculative profits to spend on public necessities. For the most part they seem to be pushing for politics to be governed by family and faith.

    Bit rich for labour, and especially militwit, who never supported family values hence his name left off of his sons birth certs.

    Why he and glasman think labour politics should be driven by faith , they don’t say. But given bliar’s govt driven by his beliefs and our subsequent involvement in the Iraq War perhaps we’d be better off without it!

    All in all glasman and militwit ebook = another blank sheet of paper.

  147. 147
    HenryV says:

    Tax avoidance isn’t illegal.

  148. 148
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    No, I disagree. We throw away money on our European contribution and get nothing in return, we throw away money in overseas aid (public school boy trait), we throw money away on bail outs to countries that can not pay it back and who despise us, we throw money away on regionalisation adding another tier of government ie Europe, Westminster, regionalisation and local government, oh, then parish councils. I think we need another layer of government and wasters. Cameron and McClegg appear to have loads of money, what I don’t understand isthe cut backs.

  149. 149
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I was given a Villa in Spain, by giving planning permissions to drug dealers in Portsmouth who in turn donate to the Lib Dems. Everyone gets paid off, including the planning officers, and then we all go down the Lodge. Nice eh?

  150. 150
    Ahmed Ishmael, George of the Akash Restaurant says:

    Well said Mike. I am still having trouble with immigration about employing illegals. can you fix it for me? By the way another boatload coming in next week.

  151. 151
    Nick Clegg says:

    You are a credit to the Liberal Democrat Party, Mike. I must be the only man in the Party without any sexual skeletons in the cupboard.

  152. 152
    Handycock says:

    Fixed George, donations as usual.

  153. 153
    Poor Bill says:

    This traitor was bought off a long time ago.

    He may think these little spouts of posturing may save his skin. But the British know what he is and the punishment for his crime.

    He even looks frightened in the pictures.

    The penalty for treason is,,,,,,,,,,well known

  154. 154
    Mrs Havisham says:

    No we can’t. Look there is one rule for them and another for us. Get it?
    If you are a benefits scrounger and you think you will scrounge a bit more to help your wife and kids you go to gaol, if caught. If you are an MP and you steal the taxpayers’ money to save your relationship, you get lots of sympathy and a nominal seven days suspension. See?

  155. 155
    Archie says:

    Well said, that man!

  156. 156
    Expat says:

    this has nothing to do with Aid. Hague supports International develoment. Fox wants out of defence and into the FCO. This is the first shot in a campaine to replace Hague.

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