Overseas aid budget

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Chris Williamson’s letter in Tuesday’s Star reflects a common misconception about how overseas aid is disbursed.

For a start the government does not hand over large sums of money to overseas governments. Our aid budget is used to fund development projects in developing countries, or to provide experts to help developing countries improve their performance in certain key areas, or to meet the costs of students and trainees on courses in the United Kingdom in subject areas directly related to the needs of the country they come from.

Some of it also goes towards funding research into areas (eg sickle cell disease) of specific concern to developing countries and regions.

In fact when you take into account the procurement of goods and services for development projects, the salaries of the UK experts and the costs associated with the training and accommodation in this country of the students and trainees, the bulk of the expenditure occurs in this country.

Being just £7 in every £1,000 of this country’s GDP, the 0.7 per cent is a tiny fraction of our national wealth. If those who moan about this expenditure were to be taken to some of the poorer countries to see conditions on the ground I think the majority of them might change their tune. It is in our national interest for the situation in the developing world to improve. Until this happens these countries will be unable to take their places as trading partners of the UK.

John Molloy

Holyrood Road, Doncaster, DN2

Are you content?

Graham, all the things you listed in your letter regarding Brexit, April 28, only go to show the extent of the stranglehold this organisation has over us. Are you content to live in this once wonderful country we had, knowing it to be dominated by 27 other countries?

We traded all over the world. We were renowned for bringing exotic goods and food from the East, some of these goods benefiting the countries we are subservient to. We rescued them in two world wars, along with the USA. We have much to be proud of, so why are we paying through the nose, to be told how we should behave, and what our laws should be. Why are they putting obstacles in our way because we want to leave? Because we are the pot at the end of the rainbow to them. They have never had it so good. They will miss our money. How old are you Graham, old enough to remember pre-EU? Or not old enough to know what it was like? We won the war, but have lost the peace, as the saying goes. Thank goodness I didn’t vote to enter the EU in the first place, that’s not on my conscience. I do know what I voted for, but did you?

BC

Sheffield

I find this all nonsense

I am sick of seeing letters from Jayne Grayson. Does this woman not have anything better to do than moan about everything!

Her letters are nonsense never mind anything else.

anon

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I have never voted Tory

In answer to MB, S6, you must be under the impression that I live at Lodge Moor and vote Tory.

I live in a two-bedroom house at Crookes and was brought up by a working- class family in a council flat. What I have now is what I worked for. None of the family expected something for nothing. I have never voted Tory.

My argument is with this council we have now. They cut back on essential services and still take in asylum seekers.

Nobody objects if they come here to work. It’s the ones that come just for benefits that the council suddenly find funds to keep, that I object to.

Mr Retired Taxpayer

Crookes

That is enough

After reading NP Johnson’s letter I get the impression he thinks anyone who voted for Brexit are on their last legs and voted Labour all their life and are incapable of thinking of voting for anything else.

Well I am neither. I do admire Theresa May and I think she works hard and tries to stand up to the EU and their bullying attitude.

As for not caring about the future generations, worrying about my grandchildren was top of my list. We are the generation who have seen the EU change for the worse. Now they have allowed too many immigrants and refugees in and are at a loss how to cope, they are desperate to keep our money rolling in. Enough.

Worried pensioner

Sheffield

Something for nothing?

Bribing kids to go to school is one headmaster’s masterplan. Come to school get an iPad. What kid wouldn’t want that?

School is compulsory, there shouldn’t be something just for turning up.

Jayne Grayson

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Sanctuary

The Star headlines said it all but is Sheffield bringing in its future problems.

The two lads used language a Sheffield man would never use. Do not look at my house look at your shoes.

They have travelled from another culture at a difficult age without parental guide and it will be a nightmare for them.

The do-gooders should have a field day with this.

Name Supplied

Forgotten history

Sheffield’s considerable military history is often overlooked – in particular I am thinking of its hidden away Crimean War Memorial and the 19th century Hillsborough Barracks.

For some years now, in cooperation with Morrisons and others, I have had the pleasure of putting some echoes back into what is a rather overlooked but striking redevelopment of the Barracks into a Morrison’s Supermarket and Hotel etc by way of photographs, walk- rounds etc.

Over the last few months in cooperation with the supermarket’s local champion I have been seeking to facilitate the fixing of a memorial in the supermarket entrance to Sheffield’s real-life Richard Sharpe.

George Lambert of the 84th Foot(York and Lancaster Regiment) died on the parade ground of the Barracks in 1860 where he was stationed after returning from India where he was awarded the VC during the Indian Mutiny. This brave Irishman rose from the ranks to Lieutenant and Adjutant and is buried in Wardsend Cemetery.

The matter was referred to Morrisons HO at Bradford where I was asked ‘what a VC was, are there many of them about and did he (Lambert)die in one of our stores?’

A favourable response was apparently not possible and I am still awaiting a promised reply from the Sheffield end.

At a time when we as a nation are acknowledging the sacrifice of 1914-1918 you can imagine our disappointment and the feeling that if the founder of Morrisons was still with us the situation would be remedied without recourse to this appeal.

Ron Clayton