By Max Clarke
Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to enshrine the UK government’s 0.7% GDP aid commitment in law is going ahead despite heavy criticism.
Critics say that tying the government’s hands to donating a fixed amount of taxpayer money to developing countries will reduce government choice and freedom.
Defense secretary, Liam Fox — while normally an advocate of many conservative policies- is opposed to legal contract and his opposition to the pledge was outed this morning in a leaked letter.
Charity bosses and opposition leaders, notably shadow Development Secretary, Harriet Harman, support the move to commit to the 0.7% outlined in the millennium development goals. Commentators have noted that despite Labour’s apparent support of the legal pledge, it was never offered the same protection during Labour’s 13 years in power.