Having launched a fundraising appeal in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan last Thursday, The Sun is certainly enjoying basking in the reflected glory of its readers’ generosity, photos of Cameron and Clegg texting to donate (below) and quotes sourced from celebrities’ PRs telling them how wonderful they are.
What a pity the newspaper spends the rest of the time campaigning for foreign aid to be CUT. Here’s a flavour of their coverage:
- Cameron forced to defend foreign aid spending to cancer patient (Aug 2012 and followed up with a feature)
- Should Britain stop giving foreign aid? (Sep 2012)
- Foreign aid tops cops bill: fury at government (Oct 2012)
- ‘I’ll Keep blowing billions on aid’: PM risks war with Tory MPs (Dec 2012)
- ‘I’ll give away billions for 20 years’ (Feb 2013)
- Fat cats pocket millions of aid (Feb 2013)
And while the above examples are from the reign of editor Dominic Mohan, the paper has maintained its stance on aid under his successor David Dinsmore.
They’re even at it today, with a page-two sidebar headed “Tory fury over foreign aid vows”:
“A BITTER Tory row was sparked last night after a minister insisted Britain should keep up its massive overseas aid spending after 2015.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said Britain should carry on handing out 0.7 per cent of its annual wealth in the next Parliament.
That would mean aid handouts of around £12billion a year until at least 2020 — while the country still struggles with its own big debts.”
Solution: Perhaps Greening can find a way for The Sun to take credit for DfID spending?
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