Tories’ mentality exposed by Johnson’s telling comment
Boris Johnson has decided to abolish DFID, the UK government’s department responsible for international aid – a decision that cabinet members insist he did not discuss with them.
But a comment by Johnson about the abolition makes it clear that he is taking his decision because he wants to tie support for desperately poor countries to their political subservience and compliance with his interests – a comment that horrified Oxford University lecturer and former diplomat Dr Jennifer Cassidy:
Johnson’s linking of ‘diplomacy’ and overseas aid – a completely false connection – is political speak for an intention to make poor countries follow UK wishes (diplomacy) before they receive aid (development), a form of extortion long practised by the US, the country Johnson so obviously wishes to emulate.
In other words, coercion of vulnerable poor nations by rich elites: do what we want, or receive no help.
Dr Cassidy is entirely correct. Johnson – like the figures advising him – is an absolute madman.
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