British Newspaper Slams 'Speed' of DfID's Aid Spending

The speed with which the U.K. Department for International Development reaches into its coffers to send aid to Libya and other countries caught in crisis is “becoming irksome,” the conservative-leaning U.K.-based newspaper The Telegraph says in an editorial.

The newspaper was reacting to the U.K.’s recent announcement that it was spending 1.5 million pounds ($2.4 million) to support evacuations and provide medical supplies in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata.

It says that the U.K. is already “doing the heavy lifting” in implementing the no-fly zone in Libya and argues that oil-rich Arab states, which backed the NATO-led Libyan operation, should shoulder all humanitarian expenses.

The Telegraph also criticized U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell for his “Lord Bountiful mode.”

“The word austerity does not seem to figure in Andrew Mitchell’s lexicon. Barely a week goes by without the International Development Secretary dispatching another bundle of taxpayers’ cash to some foreign clime,” the newspaper says.

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