PRIVATE individuals should be free to donate to their chosen cause, and give generously if they wish.
But it is quite a different matter for government to divert taxpayers’ money to overseas aid; politicians have no brief to spend our cash this way. Quite apart from the fact that much of the spend is wasted (yes, I could give you numerous examples from personal experience) it is simply wrong for the State to use taxes in this fashion. The responsibility of government lies on the island; it is the implicit duty of ministers to improve the lives and security of Manx residents, not to be persuaded by charities and NGOs of the merits of particular feel-good projects overseas. Donations should be a matter for the individual, not government.
• We’ll have more letters on this issue in next week’s Examiner