Yes, you read that correctly. Ukip leader Nigel Farage has endorsed trebling the British aid to earthquake-struck Nepal to more than £60 million – considerably more than the coalition’s current response of £22.8million.
Farage described the suggestion as “just a few million” and said he would be happy to treble the budget to help those hit by the earthquake, which has claimed more than 7,000 lives and left thousands injured.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on the Today show, he explained he has no issue with foreign aid, as long as it goes to the right places:
When you think that our foreign aid budget is roughly a billion a month. I have no objections to doubling or trebling that.
I have no objections to helping with disaster relief, but I have a problem with foreign aid that frankly isn’t working, is going to the wrong places, and does not command public support.Advertisement
Back in December, Farage explained whilst speaking to LBC, that not enough of the UK foreign aid budget is allocated to ‘genuine humanitarian’ causes. He explained he would cut the £11bn budget by £9bn as it is currently being used as an ‘arm of foreign policy’