Space projects scrubbed in UK overseas aid cut
17/03/2021 | news | science | 343
Ten international collaborations using space data to tackle developing-world problems lose funding.
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17/03/2021 16:03:54 16 14
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Such a short-sighted policy. The money saved this year will need to be spend tenfold next year - and the human costs right now will be paid by the victims of human trafficking, of malaria, and all the other globally-good projects this money was helping with.

See below 1000 comments saying forreners shouldn't get forrn aid because they have space rockets. Because reading the article is too hard?
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17/03/2021 16:09:05 15 9
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I agree, the government, who gave out multi million pound contracts to their buddies, is now penny pinching on science the very science that got us out of the pandemic!
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17/03/2021 19:22:14 1 0
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Ahh, the three R's Reading, Writing and what's the third? Well it isn't forreners! Thank you for making my evening, I work with a Zimbabwean who I consider a good friend, I'm gonna call him a forrener from now on, I'm sure he could spell foreigner, I'll let you know tomorrow afternoon.
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17/03/2021 16:07:49 67 41
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We have a £2 trillion debt mountain to service and nurses that want a payrise >1%, can't have everything so charity begins at home.
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17/03/2021 16:17:07 59 22
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Investing in science is a sure way of generating future income and reducing debt. The pandemic has shown that scientific success is, by its very nature, international. It is not charity.
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17/03/2021 16:17:50 17 6
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It's not an either / or situation and you don't have the economic knowledge to prove otherwise - but please try, i'm up for a laugh.

Even if it were an either/or situation? Why the hell are we choosing new Nukes over many of the things being cut?
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17/03/2021 17:59:24 0 14
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No the nurses want 15% just how greedy are they,got so many freebies and discounts they must have saved a packet,mean while people died from lack of treatment.
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17/03/2021 20:40:15 6 3
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You don’t service debt that large, you live with it and inflate it away over time

Sovereign debt is different to household debt, it’s basic economics despite what the liars in power say
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17/03/2021 21:33:44 9 1
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If we invest in a useful project our universities and tech industry does well. This isn’t investing in some mud huts it’s to stop the spread of a contagious disease and use remote sensing. Of course climate change means such pests now migrating into southern and Central Europe and soon on our shores. So maybe a good idea to get ahead of the curve now?
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18/03/2021 07:51:55 3 1
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So why are we buying more nuclear missiles? Why are we still going ahead with HS2? These things would absolutely cut the cost of the pandemic in half.

And the misspent track and trace system will only put us in debt. Foreign Aid actually has an ROI.
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18/03/2021 08:36:43 2 0
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Funny they can still spend billions on warfare then isn't it.
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18/03/2021 11:39:19 1 0
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But we can have nukes we can never use...
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17/03/2021 16:08:01 31 17
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And yet we spend billions on 65 additional nukes that do nothing in altering the balance of fire power. A very short-termist view of where our future problems lie
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17/03/2021 16:03:54 16 14
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Such a short-sighted policy. The money saved this year will need to be spend tenfold next year - and the human costs right now will be paid by the victims of human trafficking, of malaria, and all the other globally-good projects this money was helping with.

See below 1000 comments saying forreners shouldn't get forrn aid because they have space rockets. Because reading the article is too hard?
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17/03/2021 16:09:05 15 9
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I agree, the government, who gave out multi million pound contracts to their buddies, is now penny pinching on science the very science that got us out of the pandemic!
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17/03/2021 16:12:42 20 19
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This seems to be another example of Boris Bluster. Give the impression that the govt will be growing our science base as part of Global Britain, but the reality is exactly the opposite. Britain can no longer be trusted to follow through on its promises.
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17/03/2021 16:13:27 46 15
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The government that gave multi million pound contracts to their buddies is penny pinching on science the very same science that got us out of this COVID mess. Myopic at best.
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17/03/2021 17:55:52 14 23
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Sorry but space exploration had nothing to do with getting us out of this mess
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18/03/2021 11:03:16 0 1
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The same science invested in by the government....
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17/03/2021 16:14:31 22 17
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The research is funded and done. If the countries want the delivery they can fund it.
The delivery should save them money.
For too long countries have been happy just to take.
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17/03/2021 17:53:05 5 7
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For some countrys foreign aid is it's biggest earner
Please do try and read the article. Not just the bit that triggered your "forrners! money! scum!" reaction. Removed
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17/03/2021 16:14:50 12 13
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Someone should have told Boris that there were export and off-shoring opportunities in Space, the blue pound would certainly follow.

Visions of Boris sat on a rocket leaving the new Cornish space port, proudly waving two union flags - great photo opportunity.
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17/03/2021 16:16:08 60 35
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'Global Britain' building nukes and scrapping international aid and cooperation.
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17/03/2021 16:51:05 59 38
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We spend more on aid than any other country on the planet (as a proportion of our economy). Even these cuts mean we're in the top 5. But don't let those facts get in the way of it?
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17/03/2021 17:48:54 12 9
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Aid is ment to help the sick,hungry and oppresed,not fund their space program and lavish life styles.
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18/03/2021 07:14:49 0 1
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Excellent!
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17/03/2021 16:07:49 67 41
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We have a £2 trillion debt mountain to service and nurses that want a payrise >1%, can't have everything so charity begins at home.
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17/03/2021 16:17:07 59 22
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Investing in science is a sure way of generating future income and reducing debt. The pandemic has shown that scientific success is, by its very nature, international. It is not charity.
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17/03/2021 16:30:51 13 13
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Not all science study will pat down UK debt, investing in research of the reproductive habits of the lesser spotted dung beetle of Pitcairn Island is hardly going to show a ROI worthy of reducing our £2 trillion debt. However investing in fusion research might and solve our energy problems.
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17/03/2021 18:00:40 1 9
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So should not come from charity policies
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17/03/2021 16:07:49 67 41
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We have a £2 trillion debt mountain to service and nurses that want a payrise >1%, can't have everything so charity begins at home.
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17/03/2021 16:17:50 17 6
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It's not an either / or situation and you don't have the economic knowledge to prove otherwise - but please try, i'm up for a laugh.

Even if it were an either/or situation? Why the hell are we choosing new Nukes over many of the things being cut?
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17/03/2021 16:19:49 74 32
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And this is the same government that is going to champion science in the fight to resolve global warming and get us to carbon neutral or better by 2050!

You’ll excuse me if my eyes are rolling back into my head!
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17/03/2021 17:30:32 51 13
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Oh come on, ukgov haven't got a clue about global warming solutions! They think they're going to reduce global warming by exchanging the EU with the Pacific rim as main trading partner! Do they know where the Pacific is and how far it is to transport imports/exports and how much extra energy consumed and pollution generated?!
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18/03/2021 07:14:01 0 2
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No I won't. But the UK is half way there
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18/03/2021 13:41:23 0 0
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That was Cummings' idea and he's been moved on by Ms Symonds.
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17/03/2021 16:21:26 32 23
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Great opportunity for the UN / WHO to step in and fund these world projects, why is the UK always expected to pickup up the bill?
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17/03/2021 16:23:39 10 16
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u wot m8?
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17/03/2021 21:37:26 4 0
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You do realise we fund the UN and WHO don’t you?
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17/03/2021 23:44:13 1 1
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Because we usually get benefit from being involved.
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18/03/2021 11:58:40 0 0
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"expected" - no

Do you think the UK is a part-funder of the UN / WHO, or that they are some amazingly self-funded company?
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18/03/2021 13:56:53 0 0
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Do you believe that a country which suddenly broke more that 40y international relationships, that advised it will unilaterally change a signed international agreement and now signalling will stop funding for prearranged program will be regarded as reliable for future stable relationships?
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17/03/2021 16:21:48 11 15
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A crying shame and yet another signal that the Tory Government wants Britain to be seen as a pariah state, on a par with North Korea or Myanmar.

The money can easily be found by chopping HS2 and Trident replacement - one a white elephant, the other a hair trigger weapon system that isn't an "independent" deterrent (the missiles are bought from the USA) and which we daren't ever use.
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17/03/2021 16:25:01 11 8
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Gotta soften the US up to that trade deal we want them to rip us off with! Buying a ton of nukes from them is probably to achieve that aim. For all the libertarian speakings of the tories, we know they actually want us to be a state of the US in time.
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Maybe if we didn't send aid to counties rich enough to have nuclear weapons and a space program (India and China, any more ?) and a country that flout agreements over Hong Kong, practises genocide on its people and has tried to destroy our economy by giving us Covid (still China), than we'd have the money for these projects. Removed
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17/03/2021 16:25:43 22 11
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Don't send aid to rich countries, and the poor, subjugated people in those countries tend to die - the rich don't even change their lifestyles...
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17/03/2021 19:51:46 7 2
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Maybe if we did not historically send weaponry to these countries to support morally bankrupt regimes... or go to war in them...... we would not need to send aid to them +20 years.
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17/03/2021 21:30:10 2 5
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We don’t send aid to either China or India.
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17/03/2021 23:16:46 2 2
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"has tried to destroy our economy by giving us Covid (still China)"

how ignorant.

...but we have enough £ to increase our nuclear arsenal and to support Saudi bombing Yemen.
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17/03/2021 16:21:26 32 23
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Great opportunity for the UN / WHO to step in and fund these world projects, why is the UK always expected to pickup up the bill?
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17/03/2021 16:23:39 10 16
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u wot m8?
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17/03/2021 16:24:37 96 47
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If you want to know where the money went -ask Dodo Harding how she spent the £32Bn on a useless Test and Trace application!

These are the very self same Tories who promised us gazillions of cash if only we left the EU, an extra £325M a week on the NHS and have "stiffed" nurses with a 1% wage rise

Oh -and don't forget the extra nuclear bombs -how useful are they at feeding starving children?
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17/03/2021 17:42:47 27 74
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This325 million againNO ONE said it WOULD go to the NHS.
Congratulations on misquoting a Remainer lie. Do you work for the BBC, or is it some other MSM outlet that pays you a salary? If neither, you should definitely send your CV to all of them. If you work for them you're free to kill people at will. As long as you don't sexually harass anyone or have an original thought. (this will definitely get pulled ROFL) Removed
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18/03/2021 01:42:54 14 1
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I can tell you where that money went! It's her bank account! And her mates, and their mates too. All friends of the Tory party of course.
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18/03/2021 09:48:38 0 2
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£32 billion is the budget, not the spend which is around £ 6 billion and is successful
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18/03/2021 10:57:49 1 2
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Nope the money has gone on much more than track and trace, trying to support those laid off. Hopefully they have saved many jobs. But cynics like you and teh BBC just want to focus on bad news,,,sad reflection of today world
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18/03/2021 11:36:28 0 0
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Oh come on. It was a pronouncement by BoJo, did anyone expect it to actually happen?
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18/03/2021 12:10:38 0 0
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Christ. Give it up will you?
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18/03/2021 12:38:33 0 1
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I think you spell her name with a silent il.

Mind you that would mean she could be useful, she clearly isnt!
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17/03/2021 16:21:48 11 15
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A crying shame and yet another signal that the Tory Government wants Britain to be seen as a pariah state, on a par with North Korea or Myanmar.

The money can easily be found by chopping HS2 and Trident replacement - one a white elephant, the other a hair trigger weapon system that isn't an "independent" deterrent (the missiles are bought from the USA) and which we daren't ever use.
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17/03/2021 16:25:01 11 8
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Gotta soften the US up to that trade deal we want them to rip us off with! Buying a ton of nukes from them is probably to achieve that aim. For all the libertarian speakings of the tories, we know they actually want us to be a state of the US in time.
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17/03/2021 16:38:44 8 1
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"Airstrip one" I believe is the working title!
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17/03/2021 16:50:12 3 1
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"they actually want us to be a state of the US"

Just remember, the US is harder to get out of than the EU. The only upside is more frequent elections - the current PM will last longer than POTUS 45, unless his own cronies stab him in the back, like they did Macmillan, Heath, Hague, Duncan Smith, Cameron ...
Maybe if we didn't send aid to counties rich enough to have nuclear weapons and a space program (India and China, any more ?) and a country that flout agreements over Hong Kong, practises genocide on its people and has tried to destroy our economy by giving us Covid (still China), than we'd have the money for these projects. Removed
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17/03/2021 16:25:43 22 11
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Don't send aid to rich countries, and the poor, subjugated people in those countries tend to die - the rich don't even change their lifestyles...
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18/03/2021 03:03:35 1 1
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So?
We keep them safely in power looking after their people so they do not revolt? Give nothing.
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17/03/2021 16:17:07 59 22
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Investing in science is a sure way of generating future income and reducing debt. The pandemic has shown that scientific success is, by its very nature, international. It is not charity.
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17/03/2021 16:30:51 13 13
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Not all science study will pat down UK debt, investing in research of the reproductive habits of the lesser spotted dung beetle of Pitcairn Island is hardly going to show a ROI worthy of reducing our £2 trillion debt. However investing in fusion research might and solve our energy problems.
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18/03/2021 07:53:44 3 1
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Not the actual event, but the science invented to help will create jobs etc. Space Travel is a waste of money, but the science behind it revolutionises our lives.
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18/03/2021 11:49:16 0 0
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"lesser spotted dung beetle of Pitcairn Island" - aah yes, failure to read article that exctually explains which species are being tracked. Like the malaria-carrying mosquitos. But don't let the facts in the article you didn't read get in the way of your nonsense.
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17/03/2021 16:27:45 75 40
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Seems a number of countries that ask us for aid also have a space programme, India is one in particular, so no more foreign aid I say.
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17/03/2021 17:40:25 51 32
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India had to build a communications infrastructure for 1.3 billion people from scratch. They found it cheaper to build and launch their own communication satellites, rather than cover the country with wires, cables and fibres.

Do you want to penalise them for their effeciency?
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17/03/2021 21:29:34 10 6
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And we don’t provide aid to India anymore but why let facts gets I the way of bigoted racism
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18/03/2021 12:00:20 0 0
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I said the same but maybe because I also criticised another five-letter county which gets £71m in aid, has landed on the moon and has a foul human rights record (OK so do lots of others) and has done a lot in the last year to damage our economy, the BNC decided to ban my post.
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18/03/2021 12:01:24 0 0
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Perhaps the article about (that you didn't read) can explain. But first, master the art of reading past the headline?
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17/03/2021 16:33:55 22 5
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UK infrastructure funding prevails over Mexican Seaweed project.

Sargassum carbon-capture triumphs over footprint carbonating tourism! Result!
Adios Amigos!
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17/03/2021 18:07:52 21 5
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My thoughts precisely. What on earth were we doing funding the Mexican tourism industry in the first place!?!
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18/03/2021 09:05:06 1 0
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infrastructure funding prevails? Yesterdays news - no new tube trains for London. Before that , crazy tunnel to Ulster but no money for sorting Manchester's transport problems.
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17/03/2021 16:34:12 32 20
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Watch as our own space program fails to materialise and suddenly we have nothing to do with the space projects which I have idolised since I was a child.

This government is an UTTER disappointment and disgrace.
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17/03/2021 17:39:57 9 26
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Live in the real world,the life on earth,not waste £millions on exploring space,no good will come from it.
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17/03/2021 16:25:01 11 8
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Gotta soften the US up to that trade deal we want them to rip us off with! Buying a ton of nukes from them is probably to achieve that aim. For all the libertarian speakings of the tories, we know they actually want us to be a state of the US in time.
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17/03/2021 16:38:44 8 1
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"Airstrip one" I believe is the working title!
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17/03/2021 17:22:11 1 0
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Love the allusion.
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ken
17/03/2021 16:41:58 14 13
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I have no problem in the cutting of overseas aid the tv adverts go on about children going without and suffering but their parents look fit and healthy
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17/03/2021 16:54:31 15 8
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Sometimes I feel as if humans are going to evolve into two separate species - one with compassion, empathy and a truly societal view, the other... well, not.
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17/03/2021 17:02:46 8 2
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I really think some human beings are born without the empathy and humanity most of us take for granted. Did you not feel just a little shame as you typed the end of this post?
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17/03/2021 17:12:02 7 1
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Don't forget these are adverts.
The truth is far worse.
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17/03/2021 21:49:33 2 0
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You sad sad person
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18/03/2021 12:05:57 0 0
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Yeah, it's all a fake. As you can see from the footage, one health person (albeit surrounded by corpses and the well-documented and easily found facts) completely proves there is no war, no famine, no drought, and there were no moon landings. And we are all descended from aliens. And you are not a total wingnut.
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17/03/2021 16:48:28 60 26
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Although the government has been clear it wants us to innovate, at the moment we just can't afford to spend sums like £20m to kick-start projects like these, even if they are potentially fantastic.

Cut-price food and alcohol for MPs, new decorating and a new briefing room are all obviously far higher priorities as far as the national interest is concerned.

Vote Conservative. Feed the Rich.
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17/03/2021 17:15:01 43 4
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A glance at the MP's of all parties shows some wealthy MP's often masquerading as one of the people. The top three parties are stuffed with people have no idea about the real costs of living and the choices faced by their constituents on a daily basis. They live in a world where £millions is pocket change and are seldom held to account for the wasted money. Lessons will be learned anyone?
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18/03/2021 09:49:29 1 2
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childish
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18/03/2021 10:59:14 2 3
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Utter rubbish.... I guess the furlough scheme was all about feeding the rich. A world class vaccination programme too, gene sequencing. Grow up.
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17/03/2021 16:25:01 11 8
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Gotta soften the US up to that trade deal we want them to rip us off with! Buying a ton of nukes from them is probably to achieve that aim. For all the libertarian speakings of the tories, we know they actually want us to be a state of the US in time.
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17/03/2021 16:50:12 3 1
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"they actually want us to be a state of the US"

Just remember, the US is harder to get out of than the EU. The only upside is more frequent elections - the current PM will last longer than POTUS 45, unless his own cronies stab him in the back, like they did Macmillan, Heath, Hague, Duncan Smith, Cameron ...
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17/03/2021 16:16:08 60 35
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'Global Britain' building nukes and scrapping international aid and cooperation.
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17/03/2021 16:51:05 59 38
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We spend more on aid than any other country on the planet (as a proportion of our economy). Even these cuts mean we're in the top 5. But don't let those facts get in the way of it?
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17/03/2021 17:03:04 16 1
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17/03/2021 18:11:32 12 2
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They aren't facts. You're wrong. Based on our previous 0.7%, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, Qatar, even Turkey spend more as a percentage.

Sorry if those facts don't fit your narrative.
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17/03/2021 21:31:24 7 2
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And as the 5/6th richest economy why wouldn’t we?
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ken
17/03/2021 16:41:58 14 13
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I have no problem in the cutting of overseas aid the tv adverts go on about children going without and suffering but their parents look fit and healthy
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17/03/2021 16:54:31 15 8
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Sometimes I feel as if humans are going to evolve into two separate species - one with compassion, empathy and a truly societal view, the other... well, not.
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ken
17/03/2021 16:41:58 14 13
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I have no problem in the cutting of overseas aid the tv adverts go on about children going without and suffering but their parents look fit and healthy
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RPH
17/03/2021 17:02:46 8 2
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I really think some human beings are born without the empathy and humanity most of us take for granted. Did you not feel just a little shame as you typed the end of this post?
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17/03/2021 16:51:05 59 38
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We spend more on aid than any other country on the planet (as a proportion of our economy). Even these cuts mean we're in the top 5. But don't let those facts get in the way of it?
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17/03/2021 17:03:04 16 1
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17/03/2021 17:18:19 11 10
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6th. Whatever. Top 10.

Really the question should be how do we get other rich western nations to contribute a fair share.
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17/03/2021 17:08:29 25 11
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What is the point in the article of repeating a meaningless and comment from a government spokesperson?

Many on-going UK projects have just been told that the guaranteed funding on on-going projects will be stopped, reneging on commitments made to overseas partners. We would not have accepted this behaviour from an overseas partner. Apparently it is fine if the UK does it. Unreliable.
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17/03/2021 18:33:04 16 13
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Reneging on commitments made to overseas partners is becoming a common theme with this govt.

When I heard Dominic Raab talking about democracy being in retreat, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. This is the very govt that attempted to suspend democracy not so long ago, and pushed through Brexit even when it had become clear it didn't have majority support.
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17/03/2021 17:10:26 30 12
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The reduction of the aid budget was inevitable after the Department of International Development was combined with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
I have no idea how much the combining of the two departments would have cost, but the government said at the time that overseas aid would be used to help boost international trade.
A terrible mistake: the rich will get richer, and poor even poorer
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17/03/2021 17:50:40 25 7
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No reason some of these "private" billionaires can't step in, after all they made their money exploiting these people. Why does it have to be the UK taxpayer, Bezos, Musk Soros, Gates and Branson have got a bob or two.
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ken
17/03/2021 16:41:58 14 13
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I have no problem in the cutting of overseas aid the tv adverts go on about children going without and suffering but their parents look fit and healthy
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17/03/2021 17:12:02 7 1
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Don't forget these are adverts.
The truth is far worse.
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17/03/2021 17:12:41 74 27
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The devil is in the detail here. We still spend proportionally more on aid than most major economies, including most of our European neighbours.
But is tracking seaweed to help the Mexican tourist industry really top priority.
I guess hard choices are always needed: indirect 'aid' in the form of Space Agency Projects vs other, boots-on-the -ground direct aid that saves lives today.
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17/03/2021 19:09:51 27 25
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Tracking natural bodies of water by satellite to identify mosquito colonies is a fool's errand. These will have fish and other species that eat the nymphs in question. It's the tyre dumps etc in tropical regions that are more of a problem.
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17/03/2021 21:46:16 8 2
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So the Scottish natural Salmon industry can go swim then... and the aim is to understand the wider impacts of such natural phenomenon. The UK looses out again to short term local, inward looking thinking.
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17/03/2021 23:13:00 10 0
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"But is tracking seaweed to help the Mexican tourist industry really top priority."

Perhaps not but this is:

https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-required-to-review-official-development-assistance-funding/

Pretty much any developmental research project is now under threat. It is not just the recipient countries that lose out but many UK researchers and their universities that depend on this funding.
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18/03/2021 07:54:43 5 1
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So why is Boris scrapping space projects which have international engagement and security benefits? But he is happy to increase the UKs WMDs. I believe that there seems to be something fishy going on with Boris and his increased need for more nuclear warheads WMDs. Is it purely coincidence, that this week, China announced to the world that it will build a manned base at the South Pole of the Moon?
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18/03/2021 18:55:49 0 0
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IS bailing out a failing satellite program for £300MILLION (ostensibly to patch over our lack of GPS serviced although this technology is not designed for GPS) is NOT a waste of money because the decision is by the same government?
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17/03/2021 16:48:28 60 26
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Although the government has been clear it wants us to innovate, at the moment we just can't afford to spend sums like £20m to kick-start projects like these, even if they are potentially fantastic.

Cut-price food and alcohol for MPs, new decorating and a new briefing room are all obviously far higher priorities as far as the national interest is concerned.

Vote Conservative. Feed the Rich.
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17/03/2021 17:15:01 43 4
bbc
A glance at the MP's of all parties shows some wealthy MP's often masquerading as one of the people. The top three parties are stuffed with people have no idea about the real costs of living and the choices faced by their constituents on a daily basis. They live in a world where £millions is pocket change and are seldom held to account for the wasted money. Lessons will be learned anyone?
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18/03/2021 11:00:21 2 3
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Its the public sector where waste is legion, councils, NHS, teaching, policing, all throwing money away. Who holds them to account?
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17/03/2021 17:03:04 16 1
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17/03/2021 17:18:19 11 10
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6th. Whatever. Top 10.

Really the question should be how do we get other rich western nations to contribute a fair share.
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17/03/2021 18:12:14 7 2
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Simple. By setting an example.
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18/03/2021 08:39:29 3 0
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No, not "whatever". A claim was made that was untrue. , or is that unimportant to you?
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17/03/2021 17:19:22 5 5
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rightly so, nuclear weapons don't come cheap
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17/03/2021 17:31:58 6 6
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Need a good deterent before charity anyhow its the Sub Saraha African states who are trying to blow us up anyhow.

Need a referendum to see if we go back to 0.7 % of GNP its our taxes so we should decide.
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17/03/2021 16:38:44 8 1
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"Airstrip one" I believe is the working title!
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17/03/2021 17:22:11 1 0
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Love the allusion.
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17/03/2021 17:20:09 16 13
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“ Space projects are the latest international scientific collaborations to lose funding because of the cut in UK overseas aid.”

Sorry but spaceships and aliens can wait whilst we deal with a deadly pandemic slightly closer to home.

E.T - don’t bother phoning home, laters.
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17/03/2021 21:42:11 3 4
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Read the article fool. It’s about satellite based remote sensing to solve real world context. Including anthropogenic climate change or habitat loss. But then judging by your user name your rather challenged in understanding anyway
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17/03/2021 17:30:29 13 15
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The aid budget is literally adrop in the ocean of govt spending. The NHS gets over £135bn/year, defence £36bn. What is given to the worlds poorest countires is literally pennies. If you cannot find it in your heart to give £0.007p out of every £1 spent to help the poorest then you cannot call yourself civilised. And many call themselves christian.....
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17/03/2021 17:36:42 18 5
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How about those Countries dig a bit deeper in their own pockets to pay for their requirements instead of their elite stealing it and expecting us to pay for them and not forgetting greasing the palms for the aid to get where it needs too.
Don't forget those Countries who wanted their independence from the Commonwealth, they should stand on their own two feet, they've had 50+ years.
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17/03/2021 17:40:35 5 4
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The problem is we are still giving it, the Civilised thing is to get them fending for themselves, whilst we give them free handouts they will take it and not help themselves.
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18/03/2021 00:03:59 0 1
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Nothing stopping you sending £2 pm to your chosen charity just do not see why I am compelled to do it when we have problems closer to home.
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17/03/2021 16:19:49 74 32
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And this is the same government that is going to champion science in the fight to resolve global warming and get us to carbon neutral or better by 2050!

You’ll excuse me if my eyes are rolling back into my head!
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17/03/2021 17:30:32 51 13
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Oh come on, ukgov haven't got a clue about global warming solutions! They think they're going to reduce global warming by exchanging the EU with the Pacific rim as main trading partner! Do they know where the Pacific is and how far it is to transport imports/exports and how much extra energy consumed and pollution generated?!
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18/03/2021 08:50:59 1 0
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Raab - "Is it somewhere near Calais?"
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18/03/2021 10:24:15 0 0
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The politicians have to tread a fine line between improving the environment and the tax revenue of a developed economy of which trade is a part.

Money always comes first.

The message will only hit hard when it hits them in the pocket or when the water is lapping around their feet in Westminster.
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18/03/2021 11:02:40 0 2
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Ah a climate activist that believes the greenwash of climate crisis. Check out earth history and CO2 levels in the past. Oddly life thrived....
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17/03/2021 17:30:48 2 6
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Shameful, here come the Chinese and Russians!
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17/03/2021 17:44:29 9 2
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They are already there and have been for many years, so time for them to put their hands in their pockets.
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17/03/2021 17:38:24 1 2
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Why do they want a free handout too....... only shameful thing is its been going on this long, Scrap the FA budget.
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17/03/2021 17:26:41 63 38
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No problem cutting overseas aid, TV always asking for donations, well if you want to help donate, 50 years ago collected bottle tops to fund well in African village, simple solution move the village near the source of water, less walking for the water carrier (Child )
Kids look impoverished Parents look healthy, reduction in birth rate would help & African dictators giving up their £Millions too.
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17/03/2021 19:52:43 38 9
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Having seen a lot of the African projects first hand I can assure you that you opinions are far from the truth
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17/03/2021 20:08:00 11 1
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You definitely don't understand water sourcing, unlike in england not everyone lives anywhere near a supply.
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17/03/2021 21:27:49 10 4
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Racist trope
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17/03/2021 21:32:54 6 1
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For shame!
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18/03/2021 12:19:23 0 0
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"Simple solution move the village near the source of water"
If only those poor ignorant populations had thought of that, there would never have been any famines, ever.

"Parents look healthy"
When did you last visit Ethiopia?

"African dictators giving up their £M"
I can't imagine why they don't. Can you?

Are you BNP, NF, EDL, or KKK?
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17/03/2021 17:34:43 18 7
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Did Boris say 'F Business' or 'F the World'
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17/03/2021 17:30:29 13 15
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The aid budget is literally adrop in the ocean of govt spending. The NHS gets over £135bn/year, defence £36bn. What is given to the worlds poorest countires is literally pennies. If you cannot find it in your heart to give £0.007p out of every £1 spent to help the poorest then you cannot call yourself civilised. And many call themselves christian.....
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17/03/2021 17:36:42 18 5
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How about those Countries dig a bit deeper in their own pockets to pay for their requirements instead of their elite stealing it and expecting us to pay for them and not forgetting greasing the palms for the aid to get where it needs too.
Don't forget those Countries who wanted their independence from the Commonwealth, they should stand on their own two feet, they've had 50+ years.
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18/03/2021 08:05:26 1 0
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"Elites stealing money " now where have I seen that round here?
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17/03/2021 17:28:29 17 18
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Would rather help end povety in our country food banks etc....... than look good on international stage, who gives a **** about international stage.
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17/03/2021 18:28:04 13 11
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Brexit Britain apparently doesn't give a ***. Unless we decide some country somewhere needs blowing up with our new nukes.

What a sad country we've become.
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17/03/2021 18:34:46 6 1
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In this country, food poverty is having to go to a food bank. In many countries, food poverty is starving to death.
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17/03/2021 19:18:24 4 2
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I'd never heard of foodbanks until fairly recently, but now I'm happy to contribute to them whenever I can. You can thank the tories for food poverty, but my guess is you wont.
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17/03/2021 21:38:48 0 0
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Poverty
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17/03/2021 17:37:47 19 9
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Yes, we don't want to encourage contacts, cooperation, and influence with foreign technologists and governments doing tangible research that ultimately benefits us as well, let's just stick to our strength helping foreign thieves and tyrants to hide their money in the City and London property market.
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17/03/2021 19:10:34 10 3
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And selling every worthwhile invention that we do have to foreign companies or investors.

The UK is totally pathetic when it comes to looking long term at pretty much anything.
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17/03/2021 17:39:17 29 10
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International research collaboration is exactly where the UK should spend development money. We all share the same planet - we need to stop thinking in terms of 'us' and 'them'. We're all part of the same human population.
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18/03/2021 13:38:24 0 4
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Rough quotation from "House of Cards" - "When I stretch my hand to greed somebody I keep my other hand behind my back holding a rock."
Brexit approach - When I need some new trade contract with somebody I stretch my hand to great and stretch my other hand with a particular configuration of fingers and keep my nukes behind my back.
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17/03/2021 16:34:12 32 20
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Watch as our own space program fails to materialise and suddenly we have nothing to do with the space projects which I have idolised since I was a child.

This government is an UTTER disappointment and disgrace.
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17/03/2021 17:39:57 9 26
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Live in the real world,the life on earth,not waste £millions on exploring space,no good will come from it.
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17/03/2021 18:07:54 2 0
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Why not do both (explore earth and space)?
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17/03/2021 18:25:32 5 4
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You're a great inspiration!

While other countries are exploring space, and soon start mining it for resources, we just pull up the draw bridge and sit around navel gazing.

Pathetic.
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17/03/2021 21:36:53 3 0
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Even though the article was about space based remote sensing of Earth based issues - but you have to pay attention to the article to understand that.
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18/03/2021 12:49:05 0 0
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So you are happy to do without your smart phone, your GPS, accurate weather forecasting and reliable data on sea surface levels and temperatures? As increasing meltwater from Arctic glaciers threatens to 'turn off' the Gulf Stream and radically change UK climate/agriculture this looks highly relevant. Our interests extend beyond our geographical borders.
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17/03/2021 16:27:45 75 40
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Seems a number of countries that ask us for aid also have a space programme, India is one in particular, so no more foreign aid I say.
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17/03/2021 17:40:25 51 32
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India had to build a communications infrastructure for 1.3 billion people from scratch. They found it cheaper to build and launch their own communication satellites, rather than cover the country with wires, cables and fibres.

Do you want to penalise them for their effeciency?
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17/03/2021 19:25:12 18 15
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YES!
They're the ones telephoning me re my Amazon Prime, Bank account, HMRC refund, car accident & Microsoft.
That's WHY they built and launched their own communication satellites.
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17/03/2021 22:09:06 3 3
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No but they can afford to pay for it themselves.
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17/03/2021 22:10:18 4 2
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And they can afford nuclear weapons!
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18/03/2021 08:25:51 3 0
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Nothing to do with their military then?
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18/03/2021 09:06:42 1 0
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Oh please do tell me how an utter waste of money on sending an orbiter to Mars is a benefit to people who dont have clean water, toilets, basic infrastructure or services. Dont give us that guff about how they did it on a shoestring budget or its about technology - such technology exists, they didnt need to reinvent it and any money diverted from essential services is a waste.
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18/03/2021 11:01:07 1 0
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No, but they dont need aid from the UK.
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17/03/2021 17:19:22 5 5
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rightly so, nuclear weapons don't come cheap
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17/03/2021 17:31:58 6 6
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Need a good deterent before charity anyhow its the Sub Saraha African states who are trying to blow us up anyhow.

Need a referendum to see if we go back to 0.7 % of GNP its our taxes so we should decide.
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17/03/2021 18:35:49 0 0
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After the last fiasco, that's going to leave us all very much poorer for many years to come, they probably wouldn't dare.
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17/03/2021 19:34:09 2 0
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Who are we trying to deter? The Russians have 6000+ warheads...
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17/03/2021 21:49:01 2 0
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Sorry which ‘states’ have declared such war on the U.K. if you mean that some radicalised home grown terrorists have decided to act unilaterally how is that state sponsored? Apart from states like Saudis Arabian of course who are actually terrorist states.
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18/03/2021 12:11:10 0 0
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Aaah yes, the Ivory Coast with it's might navy, even now sneaking up the channel to invade...

Need a referendum to see if you can find an atlas with both hands?
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17/03/2021 16:24:37 96 47
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If you want to know where the money went -ask Dodo Harding how she spent the £32Bn on a useless Test and Trace application!

These are the very self same Tories who promised us gazillions of cash if only we left the EU, an extra £325M a week on the NHS and have "stiffed" nurses with a 1% wage rise

Oh -and don't forget the extra nuclear bombs -how useful are they at feeding starving children?
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17/03/2021 17:42:47 27 74
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This325 million againNO ONE said it WOULD go to the NHS.
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17/03/2021 18:02:03 37 7
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It's written on the side of a bus. In big letters. With a picture of Bozo in front of said bus. You can't get plainer than that.
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17/03/2021 18:16:20 31 6
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It was implied on the side of a bus.

But, like the referendum itself, there was no legal obligation. Just a moral one.

The reality of course, is that Brexit will leave us all far worse off. Long after Covid is a bad memory, our economy will still be suffering the effects of Brexit.
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17/03/2021 20:15:53 29 6
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It's written in tory blue on the side of a bus and no amount of capital letters is going to change that fact.
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18/03/2021 01:44:26 11 4
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Oooooh you've made a dogs dinner on this one! Imagine being clueless and posting an idiotic statement.
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18/03/2021 07:07:58 3 11
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Actually £350 million. And no they cannot see that "let's" is not a promise. They are obsessed with it.
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18/03/2021 11:11:47 2 1
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You mean Bojo, JRM and St Nigel were less than honest with the truth?

That loud noise you heard was an Atomic Lizard falling off his chair laughing at you...
Yes they did muppet, it was on the side of a big red bus, try learning to read Removed
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18/03/2021 14:49:38 1 0
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I think you’ll find brexit bus did
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17/03/2021 17:30:48 2 6
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Shameful, here come the Chinese and Russians!
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17/03/2021 17:44:29 9 2
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They are already there and have been for many years, so time for them to put their hands in their pockets.
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17/03/2021 17:36:13 8 10
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The FA budget in the long run makes the situation worse.

Give them the tools to fend for themselves, Fishing nets, Live animals to farm, investment in factories not have them dependent food & cash handouts & doing nothing to help themselves.
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17/03/2021 17:49:32 12 4
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Harry are you that young?, over the decades we've sent over donkeys, schools, water taps and host of other things, why can't they stand on their own two feet yet?
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17/03/2021 21:53:21 0 1
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‘Them’?
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18/03/2021 12:23:58 0 0
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Or just invade and enslave them again, right?

I remember Bob Geldof as he toured the luxury palaces of the "not really starving" millions who all pretended to be dying, so they could get the latest iPhone and Sky TV.

"Feed the World from Waitrose or Fortnum's" was a popular song in the 1980s.

Hard to imagine what broadcasts *everyone else on the planet* was watching, only we know the truth. No?
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17/03/2021 17:30:48 2 6
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Shameful, here come the Chinese and Russians!
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17/03/2021 17:38:24 1 2
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Why do they want a free handout too....... only shameful thing is its been going on this long, Scrap the FA budget.
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17/03/2021 17:30:29 13 15
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The aid budget is literally adrop in the ocean of govt spending. The NHS gets over £135bn/year, defence £36bn. What is given to the worlds poorest countires is literally pennies. If you cannot find it in your heart to give £0.007p out of every £1 spent to help the poorest then you cannot call yourself civilised. And many call themselves christian.....
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17/03/2021 17:40:35 5 4
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The problem is we are still giving it, the Civilised thing is to get them fending for themselves, whilst we give them free handouts they will take it and not help themselves.
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18/03/2021 12:16:02 0 0
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So you're suggesting we "get them fending for themselves" while we pollute their environment. Love it. Will you rejoice as their nukes start landing, to defend themselves from us?

Meanwhile, how / why have't these nations managed to "fend for themselves" in the last 400,000 years before Foreign Aid?

Maybe if you read the article or the history / rationale of Foreign Aid, you would understand.
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17/03/2021 16:16:08 60 35
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'Global Britain' building nukes and scrapping international aid and cooperation.
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17/03/2021 17:48:54 12 9
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Aid is ment to help the sick,hungry and oppresed,not fund their space program and lavish life styles.
Poor troll is poor troll. Go back to watching the footy mate. Sure there's a two week old kabab you can go drool over. Take your crappy little flag with you. Removed
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18/03/2021 11:05:35 1 0
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We're not "funding their space programmes" (did you even read the article), we're providing assistance to develop the tools and technologies they need to improve quality of life in many areas.
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18/03/2021 11:53:20 0 0
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Oh good lord, you're insanely ignorant and full of hatred about the fiction you made up in your tiny mind. Please try and read. Or learn to read.
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17/03/2021 17:36:13 8 10
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The FA budget in the long run makes the situation worse.

Give them the tools to fend for themselves, Fishing nets, Live animals to farm, investment in factories not have them dependent food & cash handouts & doing nothing to help themselves.
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17/03/2021 17:49:32 12 4
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Harry are you that young?, over the decades we've sent over donkeys, schools, water taps and host of other things, why can't they stand on their own two feet yet?
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17/03/2021 18:34:35 2 1
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The communities thst got those things are now self sufficient. Unfortunately most of the aid is not practical.
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17/03/2021 19:37:08 2 0
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Corruption
Probably because they are to busy sitting on their a**e Removed
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17/03/2021 17:49:36 4 5
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Sad but true. It's another example of institutions pulling in opposite directions, getting nowhere, but still spending cash while arguing the toss.
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Rob
17/03/2021 17:50:03 3 10
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Very sensible
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17/03/2021 17:10:26 30 12
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The reduction of the aid budget was inevitable after the Department of International Development was combined with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
I have no idea how much the combining of the two departments would have cost, but the government said at the time that overseas aid would be used to help boost international trade.
A terrible mistake: the rich will get richer, and poor even poorer
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17/03/2021 17:50:40 25 7
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No reason some of these "private" billionaires can't step in, after all they made their money exploiting these people. Why does it have to be the UK taxpayer, Bezos, Musk Soros, Gates and Branson have got a bob or two.
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17/03/2021 18:22:55 14 2
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Don't include Gates in your list. He and his wife contribute vast amounts of their personal wealth to various philanthropic initiatives.
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17/03/2021 23:39:45 3 1
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So you want Amazon, already on a mission to control the world, to take over the funding and commercialise it for their benefit?
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17/03/2021 16:14:31 22 17
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The research is funded and done. If the countries want the delivery they can fund it.
The delivery should save them money.
For too long countries have been happy just to take.
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17/03/2021 17:53:05 5 7
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For some countrys foreign aid is it's biggest earner
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17/03/2021 20:18:53 2 1
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Try spelling countries correctly.
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17/03/2021 21:38:01 1 2
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What drivel - name one
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18/03/2021 11:52:16 0 2
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For some people, repeating nonsense and their utterly vile xenophobic lies is their version of "thinking". Shameful or shameless, hard to decide.
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17/03/2021 16:13:27 46 15
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The government that gave multi million pound contracts to their buddies is penny pinching on science the very same science that got us out of this COVID mess. Myopic at best.
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17/03/2021 17:55:52 14 23
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Sorry but space exploration had nothing to do with getting us out of this mess
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17/03/2021 18:18:52 11 1
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No, but it might help get us out of the far bigger mess we're inflicting on the environment.
Probably did in some way.
'Nothing' is quite a sweeping statement isn't it.
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17/03/2021 23:41:32 2 0
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You don't think?
It's possibly the best chance we've got of getting out of the next big mess we've made of the environment and climate.
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18/03/2021 10:55:54 2 0
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Keeping a check on the encroachment of humans into biodiverse forests to try to limit the interaction of humans and disease carrying wildlife (where SARS, MERS, HIV and C-19 all came from) might be useful, don't you think?

Stopping the bushmeat trade and logging that drives wild animals into places where humans live?

Logical thought and critical thinking are the mainstays of science.
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17/03/2021 16:21:48 11 15
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A crying shame and yet another signal that the Tory Government wants Britain to be seen as a pariah state, on a par with North Korea or Myanmar.

The money can easily be found by chopping HS2 and Trident replacement - one a white elephant, the other a hair trigger weapon system that isn't an "independent" deterrent (the missiles are bought from the USA) and which we daren't ever use.
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17/03/2021 16:07:49 67 41
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We have a £2 trillion debt mountain to service and nurses that want a payrise >1%, can't have everything so charity begins at home.
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17/03/2021 17:59:24 0 14
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No the nurses want 15% just how greedy are they,got so many freebies and discounts they must have saved a packet,mean while people died from lack of treatment.
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17/03/2021 20:10:43 9 0
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I think you have neglected to take your meds love.
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17/03/2021 16:17:07 59 22
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Investing in science is a sure way of generating future income and reducing debt. The pandemic has shown that scientific success is, by its very nature, international. It is not charity.
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17/03/2021 18:00:40 1 9
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So should not come from charity policies
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17/03/2021 17:42:47 27 74
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This325 million againNO ONE said it WOULD go to the NHS.
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17/03/2021 18:02:03 37 7
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It's written on the side of a bus. In big letters. With a picture of Bozo in front of said bus. You can't get plainer than that.
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18/03/2021 07:11:27 2 11
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Conveniently you seem to have missed out the "LET's". Nowhere did it say WE WILL!
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17/03/2021 18:02:33 3 4
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To reduce the risk of flooding its important that drainage channels are clear and in working order. Put more money into river dredging and gully cleaning rather than wasting it on flood gates that offer little protection.
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17/03/2021 19:08:59 10 0
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River dredging is not the solution and can makes things significantly worse. All you do is move water faster somewhere else. This usually ends up causing yet more damage.
You need to stop the water draining into rivers as fast by not building over everything, chopping all the trees down and managing arable land so badly the soil can no longer retain any moisture.
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17/03/2021 21:46:41 1 0
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What the heck has this got to do with science based foreign aid projects?
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17/03/2021 18:07:25 25 10
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Amazing! They want the UK to be a "Leading Edge" Hi Tech player and then cut the socially responsible deployment of our leading edge hi tech capability to save a few quid.

Message. We love to puff out our chests... and very little else...
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17/03/2021 16:33:55 22 5
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UK infrastructure funding prevails over Mexican Seaweed project.

Sargassum carbon-capture triumphs over footprint carbonating tourism! Result!
Adios Amigos!
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17/03/2021 18:07:52 21 5
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My thoughts precisely. What on earth were we doing funding the Mexican tourism industry in the first place!?!
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18/03/2021 07:45:36 2 1
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The project was not about tourism but about the impact on the environment of sargassum blooms (possibly climate related) killing off the reef environments, and fish also would be of benefit to other carrabian countries. Wider picture is application of research to other marine environment tracking and monitoring like algal blooms or fish migrations. Tourism is a side benefit. Open your mind
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18/03/2021 12:03:39 0 0
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I do believe the article explains, in very simple words, that the sargassum soaks up a lot of the climate-changing CO2 and provides food for, well, the entire food chain.

Do you like breathing? Do you like food? Do you want the population of those affected countries to turn up here, hungry, desperate, armed, and in extremely large numbers?
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17/03/2021 17:39:57 9 26
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Live in the real world,the life on earth,not waste £millions on exploring space,no good will come from it.
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17/03/2021 18:07:54 2 0
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Why not do both (explore earth and space)?
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17/03/2021 16:51:05 59 38
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We spend more on aid than any other country on the planet (as a proportion of our economy). Even these cuts mean we're in the top 5. But don't let those facts get in the way of it?
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17/03/2021 18:11:32 12 2
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They aren't facts. You're wrong. Based on our previous 0.7%, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, Qatar, even Turkey spend more as a percentage.

Sorry if those facts don't fit your narrative.
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17/03/2021 17:18:19 11 10
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6th. Whatever. Top 10.

Really the question should be how do we get other rich western nations to contribute a fair share.
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17/03/2021 18:12:14 7 2
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Simple. By setting an example.
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17/03/2021 17:42:47 27 74
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This325 million againNO ONE said it WOULD go to the NHS.
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17/03/2021 18:16:20 31 6
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It was implied on the side of a bus.

But, like the referendum itself, there was no legal obligation. Just a moral one.

The reality of course, is that Brexit will leave us all far worse off. Long after Covid is a bad memory, our economy will still be suffering the effects of Brexit.
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18/03/2021 14:50:32 0 1
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It was a lie then.
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17/03/2021 17:55:52 14 23
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Sorry but space exploration had nothing to do with getting us out of this mess
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17/03/2021 18:18:52 11 1
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No, but it might help get us out of the far bigger mess we're inflicting on the environment.
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17/03/2021 17:50:40 25 7
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No reason some of these "private" billionaires can't step in, after all they made their money exploiting these people. Why does it have to be the UK taxpayer, Bezos, Musk Soros, Gates and Branson have got a bob or two.
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17/03/2021 18:22:55 14 2
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Don't include Gates in your list. He and his wife contribute vast amounts of their personal wealth to various philanthropic initiatives.
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17/03/2021 17:39:57 9 26
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Live in the real world,the life on earth,not waste £millions on exploring space,no good will come from it.
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17/03/2021 18:25:32 5 4
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You're a great inspiration!

While other countries are exploring space, and soon start mining it for resources, we just pull up the draw bridge and sit around navel gazing.

Pathetic.
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17/03/2021 18:20:55 9 11
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If aliens could see what damage we did to our planet, both physically and emotionally, they would be SICKENED and would not want to “make contact” with us anyway.

????????????????
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17/03/2021 17:28:29 17 18
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Would rather help end povety in our country food banks etc....... than look good on international stage, who gives a **** about international stage.
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17/03/2021 18:28:04 13 11
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Brexit Britain apparently doesn't give a ***. Unless we decide some country somewhere needs blowing up with our new nukes.

What a sad country we've become.
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17/03/2021 23:58:03 0 0
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Yep that’s the way it is, you can always leave.
Your EU chums are showing what b******s theyare
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17/03/2021 17:08:29 25 11
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What is the point in the article of repeating a meaningless and comment from a government spokesperson?

Many on-going UK projects have just been told that the guaranteed funding on on-going projects will be stopped, reneging on commitments made to overseas partners. We would not have accepted this behaviour from an overseas partner. Apparently it is fine if the UK does it. Unreliable.
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17/03/2021 18:33:04 16 13
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Reneging on commitments made to overseas partners is becoming a common theme with this govt.

When I heard Dominic Raab talking about democracy being in retreat, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. This is the very govt that attempted to suspend democracy not so long ago, and pushed through Brexit even when it had become clear it didn't have majority support.
85
17/03/2021 18:46:24 0 5
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The same government that is denying the right of self determination to Scotland. Pity we are not all dark skinned then we could claim that we were being discriminated because of our race.
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18/03/2021 09:52:20 0 0
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referendum and election
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17/03/2021 17:49:32 12 4
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Harry are you that young?, over the decades we've sent over donkeys, schools, water taps and host of other things, why can't they stand on their own two feet yet?
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17/03/2021 18:34:35 2 1
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The communities thst got those things are now self sufficient. Unfortunately most of the aid is not practical.
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17/03/2021 23:54:17 1 1
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Another Good reason to stop sending it then.
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17/03/2021 17:28:29 17 18
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Would rather help end povety in our country food banks etc....... than look good on international stage, who gives a **** about international stage.
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17/03/2021 18:34:46 6 1
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In this country, food poverty is having to go to a food bank. In many countries, food poverty is starving to death.
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17/03/2021 17:31:58 6 6
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Need a good deterent before charity anyhow its the Sub Saraha African states who are trying to blow us up anyhow.

Need a referendum to see if we go back to 0.7 % of GNP its our taxes so we should decide.
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17/03/2021 18:35:49 0 0
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After the last fiasco, that's going to leave us all very much poorer for many years to come, they probably wouldn't dare.
81
17/03/2021 18:33:04 16 13
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Reneging on commitments made to overseas partners is becoming a common theme with this govt.

When I heard Dominic Raab talking about democracy being in retreat, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. This is the very govt that attempted to suspend democracy not so long ago, and pushed through Brexit even when it had become clear it didn't have majority support.
85
17/03/2021 18:46:24 0 5
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The same government that is denying the right of self determination to Scotland. Pity we are not all dark skinned then we could claim that we were being discriminated because of our race.
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17/03/2021 19:32:48 6 2
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If you gave the rest of the UK the vote, you'll wouldn't be in the UK, we're sick & tired of your constant whinging and whining, though no doubt you'll all start bleating about how you need charity aid to survive.
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18/03/2021 06:52:39 0 1
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Scotland voted.Remember?
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17/03/2021 18:52:10 15 5
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Some of the developing world have more hunter killer submarines than we do. And have launched their own moon shot. And have a nuclear arsenal. We pay for their populations whilst they spend on luxuries. PS some of them give foreign aid to their friends too..Ironic! This commonwealth country can look after itself.
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17/03/2021 21:38:28 3 5
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Name one
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18/03/2021 00:48:50 2 4
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And where did you read that? The Daily Heil?
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17/03/2021 18:02:33 3 4
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To reduce the risk of flooding its important that drainage channels are clear and in working order. Put more money into river dredging and gully cleaning rather than wasting it on flood gates that offer little protection.
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17/03/2021 19:08:59 10 0
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River dredging is not the solution and can makes things significantly worse. All you do is move water faster somewhere else. This usually ends up causing yet more damage.
You need to stop the water draining into rivers as fast by not building over everything, chopping all the trees down and managing arable land so badly the soil can no longer retain any moisture.
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17/03/2021 19:36:22 0 0
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He wasn't talking about river dredging, he was talking about the land drainage that used to prevent large scale flooding.
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17/03/2021 17:12:41 74 27
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The devil is in the detail here. We still spend proportionally more on aid than most major economies, including most of our European neighbours.
But is tracking seaweed to help the Mexican tourist industry really top priority.
I guess hard choices are always needed: indirect 'aid' in the form of Space Agency Projects vs other, boots-on-the -ground direct aid that saves lives today.
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17/03/2021 19:09:51 27 25
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Tracking natural bodies of water by satellite to identify mosquito colonies is a fool's errand. These will have fish and other species that eat the nymphs in question. It's the tyre dumps etc in tropical regions that are more of a problem.
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17/03/2021 21:28:40 4 3
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Eh?
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17/03/2021 21:49:19 10 2
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Your point is foolish, as when there are large fluctuations in populations... that the natural predators cant resolve... like locust swarms... you end up with famine, and crop collapse. In the current world that could destabilise regions... Join the thinking up beyond the channel and pay less for nukes n more on this stuff will pay bigger dividends
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18/03/2021 01:36:45 5 1
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Where's your evidence on this matter?
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17/03/2021 17:37:47 19 9
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Yes, we don't want to encourage contacts, cooperation, and influence with foreign technologists and governments doing tangible research that ultimately benefits us as well, let's just stick to our strength helping foreign thieves and tyrants to hide their money in the City and London property market.
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17/03/2021 19:10:34 10 3
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And selling every worthwhile invention that we do have to foreign companies or investors.

The UK is totally pathetic when it comes to looking long term at pretty much anything.
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17/03/2021 19:11:54 2 8
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The Government should find money to support all of the projects. For the Detect team, Guyana and Sri Lanka are Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth, based in London, is very active in projects to promote biodiversity. So projects could be arranged through their offices. Other institutions could be the EBRD (also in London), Inter-American Development Bank and Asian Development Bank.
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17/03/2021 19:17:54 5 6
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Now who will pay for India's space programme?
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17/03/2021 19:33:09 6 0
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If you had read the report you would have found that this is nothing to do with India's space programme
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17/03/2021 21:52:02 1 1
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Dimwit we don’t fund India !
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17/03/2021 17:28:29 17 18
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Would rather help end povety in our country food banks etc....... than look good on international stage, who gives a **** about international stage.
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17/03/2021 19:18:24 4 2
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I'd never heard of foodbanks until fairly recently, but now I'm happy to contribute to them whenever I can. You can thank the tories for food poverty, but my guess is you wont.
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17/03/2021 16:03:54 16 14
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Such a short-sighted policy. The money saved this year will need to be spend tenfold next year - and the human costs right now will be paid by the victims of human trafficking, of malaria, and all the other globally-good projects this money was helping with.

See below 1000 comments saying forreners shouldn't get forrn aid because they have space rockets. Because reading the article is too hard?
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17/03/2021 19:22:14 1 0
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Ahh, the three R's Reading, Writing and what's the third? Well it isn't forreners! Thank you for making my evening, I work with a Zimbabwean who I consider a good friend, I'm gonna call him a forrener from now on, I'm sure he could spell foreigner, I'll let you know tomorrow afternoon.
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18/03/2021 11:47:55 1 1
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Do keep up: "Forrner" is an internet meme, referencing the generally ignorant, xenophopic, and flag-waving jingoistic nutjobs that imagine they are part of some (obviously pure white) ubermensch race - despite being descended from the same common ancestors as the rest of us.

And it's 'rithmetic. You're welcome.
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17/03/2021 17:40:25 51 32
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India had to build a communications infrastructure for 1.3 billion people from scratch. They found it cheaper to build and launch their own communication satellites, rather than cover the country with wires, cables and fibres.

Do you want to penalise them for their effeciency?
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17/03/2021 19:25:12 18 15
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YES!
They're the ones telephoning me re my Amazon Prime, Bank account, HMRC refund, car accident & Microsoft.
That's WHY they built and launched their own communication satellites.
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17/03/2021 19:50:01 19 5
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No that’s criminals... some perhaps in I dis, others in Bangladesh, many in Nigeria..... and can you evidence they are using this Indian satellite infrastructure or is that just in your bigoted mind ??

Don’t forget HM Govt spaffed £1/2bn on rescuing OneWeb satellite Infrastructure company in partnership with Bharti Airtel of India. They found loads of money for that.
85
17/03/2021 18:46:24 0 5
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The same government that is denying the right of self determination to Scotland. Pity we are not all dark skinned then we could claim that we were being discriminated because of our race.
95
17/03/2021 19:32:48 6 2
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If you gave the rest of the UK the vote, you'll wouldn't be in the UK, we're sick & tired of your constant whinging and whining, though no doubt you'll all start bleating about how you need charity aid to survive.
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17/03/2021 19:17:54 5 6
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Now who will pay for India's space programme?
96
17/03/2021 19:33:09 6 0
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If you had read the report you would have found that this is nothing to do with India's space programme
52
17/03/2021 17:31:58 6 6
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Need a good deterent before charity anyhow its the Sub Saraha African states who are trying to blow us up anyhow.

Need a referendum to see if we go back to 0.7 % of GNP its our taxes so we should decide.
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17/03/2021 19:34:09 2 0
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Who are we trying to deter? The Russians have 6000+ warheads...
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17/03/2021 19:08:59 10 0
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River dredging is not the solution and can makes things significantly worse. All you do is move water faster somewhere else. This usually ends up causing yet more damage.
You need to stop the water draining into rivers as fast by not building over everything, chopping all the trees down and managing arable land so badly the soil can no longer retain any moisture.
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17/03/2021 19:36:22 0 0
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He wasn't talking about river dredging, he was talking about the land drainage that used to prevent large scale flooding.
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17/03/2021 21:47:11 1 0
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We need more beaver
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17/03/2021 17:49:32 12 4
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Harry are you that young?, over the decades we've sent over donkeys, schools, water taps and host of other things, why can't they stand on their own two feet yet?
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17/03/2021 19:37:08 2 0
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Corruption
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17/03/2021 21:53:43 1 2
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Racism
100
17/03/2021 19:38:32 0 5
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This govt have wrecked our economy over Rona!!! No aid to any country for any reason until WE are solvent...which will never happen
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17/03/2021 21:56:36 2 0
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No country is ever solvent