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The UK is diminishing its influence by cutting its aid budget in a global crisis

This is a time when we should be reassuring the poorest countries that we will help them through the pandemic. Instead our government is turning its back, Caroline Lucas writes

By Caroline Lucas  

A View tidal floods that hit at Muara Angke in North Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 19, 2020. The flood is due to high tide and climate change. (Photo by Ahmad Rajif Sidiq / INA Photo Agency / Sipa USA)

It’s taken less than a year for the Conservatives to break their election promise to retain the commitment to aid spending at 0.7 per cent of GDP. But then breaking manifesto promises is becoming something of a habit for this government.

What Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab dismissed as “tittle tattle” only two months ago now appears to be government policy. Protecting the aid budget is “a manifesto commitment,” Raab said at the time. “It’s…

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