The Foreign Secretary’s comments could prompt a row with the Liberal Democrats, who are attempting to force through legislation committing the Government to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid.
We don’t care, at all, how much we spend on foreign aid. We care, rather, about how much of the misery being suffered by our foreign bretheren we alleviate by spending upon foreign aid. Thus we shouldn’t be measuring the success or not by how much we’re spending.
They’re not only setting a target (tractor production!) they’re setting the wrong target (Tonnes of Tractors Produced!).