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Post  EarthsAngel on Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:02 am

David Cameron tells Pakistan: raise more tax from the rich

British PM tells Pakistan elite: 'Many of your richest people are getting away without paying much tax at all – and that's not fair'

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* Patrick Wintour in Islamabad
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 April 2011 12.32 BST
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David Cameron speaks during a press conference in Islamabad David Cameron speaks during a press conference in Islamabad. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron has told the Pakistan elite they have to start paying more tax, and cut out government waste and weakness, if the British public are to back his plans announced today to pour £650m in UK aid to Pakistani schools.

Pakistan is now to become the single largest recipient of UK aid.

Cameron issued his warning in a wide-ranging speech in Islamabad setting out his plans for a fresh start with the Pakistan government after a turbulent year in which he criticised them for facing both ways on terrorism.

Cameron is keen to put the relationship on a more even footing, and lean away from the previous stance encapsulated in the phrase "Pakistan must do more".

He said the British people would need convincing that every penny of the aid designed to help recruit 9,000 extra teachers and put 4 million children into education was going to the right places.

He added: "My job is made more difficult when people in Britain look at Pakistan, a country that receives millions of pounds of our aid money, and see weaknesses in terms of government capacity and waste."

He pointed out that Pakistan "currently spends only 1.5% of its GDP on education and what's more, you have one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world".

He said the Pakistan was simply "not raising the resources necessary to pay for things that a modern state and people require".

The Pakistani fiscal position was a serious one because "too few people pay tax. Too many of your richest people are getting away without paying much tax at all – and that's not fair".

He said this tax avoidance was neither fair "on ordinary Pakistanis, who suffer at the sharpest end of this weak governance or on British taxpayers, who are contributing to Pakistan's future".

Cameron is acutely aware that he is taking a risk in increasing aid to a country that is seen as both corrupt, and the source of the biggest terrorist threat to the UK. The country is also buying six submarines from China.

But he claimed the 17 million Pakistanis of school age not in education represented an emergency, adding it cost the country more per year than a flood such as the one that hit the country last year. But he claimed such an education gap also represented a breeding ground for extremism.

The £650m additional aid for education over four years should put 4 million extra children into school.

He also defended the war in Libya saying it was not an attack on Islam, pointing out that as in Afghanistan, Britain was there as part of a coalition and under a UN mandate.

Although he praised the resilient Pakistanis for having fought so hard against terrorism, he gave a hint of his thirst for a wider crackdown in North Waziristan, saying: "It's right that neither the Pakistan army nor Nato forces must ever tolerate sanctuaries for people plotting violence."

His remarks masked Pakistan's anger over the use of US drones to bomb terrorist cells in North Waziristan region on the border with Afghanistan and the lack of action by the army to send troops in.

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Re: Can you believe it??????????

Post  EarthsAngel on Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:18 am

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Surely, £650m would be better spent in the UK, reducing the national debt and / or protecting some of the thousands of crucial public sector jobs that are now at risk. Dave, Nick and Gideon are constantly making us tighten our purse strings through cutting benefits, social help, reducing support to UK Charities and cutting back on essential services and yet heres Dave offering up 2/3rds of a billion of our money.

I must be missing the point ? or as my colleague above states it is an April fools joke and a poor one at that !

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Next he'll be warning poor countries not to violently repress peaceful demonstrations like he does in the UK.

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Pakistan "currently spends only 1.5% of its GDP on education

But he claimed the 17 million Pakistanis of school age not in education represented an emergency, adding it cost the country more per year than a flood such as the one that hit the country last year. But he claimed such an education gap also represented a breeding ground for extremism.

Oh please. Everyone knows you can a top notch well-rounded education at one of Pakistan's tens of thousands of madrassas. The fees are rock bottom and there's nothing like reading the Koran from cover the cover every day for over ten years for improving memory/Arabic skills.

David Cameron must know this. Isn't expanding private faith-based education what the Big Society is about anyway?

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David Cameron tells Pakistan: raise more tax from the rich'

Do you think he will start to practice what he's preaching in this country?

2 FACED HYPOCRITE !

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Can someone explain to me why we are giving vast amounts of aid to Pakistan when we are facing such drastic cuts back home?

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Is this fucking clown for real?

As I've said before, Cameron has got the kind of face you would never grow sick of punching, especially when he insists on spouting hypocritical shite like this.

It's surely time to rise up & evict this embarrassing clown.

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Nice one Dave. Right on the pulse again.

Maybe Andrew Lansley could do a nice chat on they should stop funnelling public services into the private sector too at greater cost to the taxpayer in order to line a few execs pockets.

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I fear for the latest series of 'The Thick Of It'. With such absurdly comic politicians at the helm, what space is there for satire?

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This just indicative of the arrogance of this man and the cabinet of millionaires as a whole, that we now have as a government.

They have grown up and live in a different sphere from the majority of 'alarm clock britain'. Only a Prime Minsister so out of touch with the problems of his own people would make a statement. It shows the complete arrogance and contempt he has for working people in the UK

This is who he is people, show your disdain for him on the 5th of May




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Post  El Guapo on Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:36 am

Where do these politicians buy their calculators from? It's simple business economics. Money out should never exceed money in. At this rate it'll be us needing aid soon!

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Post  EarthsAngel on Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:28 am

I agree El, but you know you won't get any Aid from anyone, anywhere.

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