We need to cut foreign aid and spend the money on defence says Brexiteer Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg said on an LBC radio phone in that that it was time for the UK to show Putin's Russia that 'we are serious'.
The Moggster has, in the past, criticised the way the foreign aid budget is constructed, saying that the 0.7% of Gross National Income target system was economically illiterate and wasteful as we ran around the world trying to find a home for money at the end of the year instead of setting a proper budget for it at the beginning.
I would say cut the foreign aid budget right back and set proper criteria for it too!
But one of Rees-Mogg's colleagues and also a Brexiteer, John Redwood, said in his diary today that although we should look at how aid was spent:
"This Parliament would not want to repeal the 0.7% Aid target so it is important to look at how it is spent."
Now to the UK Independence Party, which has placed itself in a bit of a quandary.
According to reports, the party membership could be offered the chance to vote at this year's 25th anniversary of the forming of UKIP on whether or not SYL should be allowed to join UKIP.
Currently, ex-members of some bodies are prevented by UKIP rules from joining the party.
But the UKIP Families and Children Spokesman, Alan Craig, has put forward a motion calling for SYL to be allowed to join, which would be debated at the conference. But it will first have to get past the party's National Executive Committee tomorrow.
In his submission, Craig has compared SYL to both Robin Hood and the Suffragettes.
Alan Craig's proposal has been seconded by Reece Coombes, the deputy chairman of UKIP's youth wing, Young Independence.
For his part, SYL has made his first video for some weeks on this subject, in which he says that the UKIP NEC will tomorrow not be deciding on whether or not he can join, but on whether or not they trust the UKIP membership to make that decision at the conference. Do they believe in democracy in their own party, he asks.
UKIP has the opportunity to electrify this country's working class - he said - going on to say that there had been talk of losing 2,000 members if he was allowed to join, but they could gain 20,000 members and cause a political revolution in Britain he added.
It's about time the British public had a party they can get excited about, he said.
He also said that the UKIP current leader Gerard Batten was the only politician that would make him sit up and vote and he would join UKIP.
He ends with an impassioned plea for the NEC to allow the vote to go through to the membership.
This has of course split opinion amongst the party at every level. Some are right behind TR and some, like former leadership contender Ben Walker, are considering resigning should he be allowed to join.
However - the UKIP membership rules are very explicit on this matter.
So, if my reading of the situation is correct, the NEC has no choice other than refuse permission for the motion to be put to the Conference as the vote could be challenged through the courts by disgruntled members.
The first step must be to change the rule book. That, after all, is the proper democratic route is it not?
If we make rules we must all abide by them with no exceptions, and if the rules are wrong - change them via the proper process - otherwise you may as well just throw the rule book in the bin!
So my message is don't be surprised if the NEC refuses permission for this motion to be put before conference, but don't blame them either - they are as constrained by the rules as anyone else in the party is.
Moving on, the EU just loves spending your money doesn't it? In June the EU parliament spent £800,000 on replacing TV sets in the offices of its MEPs, reports Guido Fawkes.
There are 751 MEPs so that would makes it over £1,000 to supply and install each set.
Now to the interesting part, the huge 43 inch sets are too big and placed too near to the viewer.
So the EU Parliament tech team has e-mailed MEPs saying that they will move the sets if asked or replace them with a smaller one.
Wonder what they'll do with all the ones they collect in after replacing them?
So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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