Afghanistan: Ian Birrell says ‘foreign aid is corrosive’
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Journalist Ian Birrell has told Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain that the UK should scrap aid to Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. He told the GMB host that while it is a natural response to help, aid is “a destructive force”. Boris Johnson’s Government has announced plans to increase the aid budget for Afghanistan this year to £286 million. However, Mr Birrell argued that providing aid to Afghanistan in the past has proven to be counterproductive and “corrosive.”
Mr Birrell told GMB: “My problem is it is very corrosive
“We have seen in Afghanistan that it fostered the conflict.
“It gave money to the insurgency.
“It undermined support because so much was being stolen, so blatantly.”
“It undermined democracy.
“It undermined support for the government.
“And know you have to ask yourselves why do we want to support the Taliban anyway.
“At the end of all this, it is illogical.”
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