Nick Ferrari Picks Apart Minister's Argument For Foreign Aid Budget

12 February 2018, 08:30

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt yesterday explained her reasons for the £13.5billion foreign aid budget. Nick Ferrari took just 60 seconds to pull them apart.

Ms Mordaunt, who took over the job after Priti Patel was sacked late last year, said the overseas spending made "Britain more prosperous’, and "alleviated pressure on the NHS".

But Nick Ferrari dismissed these ideas as "stark raving mad" and suggested the money could be far better spent at home.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "She said it makes Britain more prosperous. How?

"Unless they are going to say that when a country is stabilised and starts building again then Britain gets all the work? I don't know about that.

Nick Ferrari in the LBC studio
Nick Ferrari in the LBC studio. Picture: LBC

"And she says it is alleviating pressure on the NHS. Is she making the point that if you make a country secure, their people are less likely to come half the way around the world to get here? That's proven not to be true.

"People are desperate to get here. That's why Calais is reforming even as we speak with these poor folk. You have nothing but sympathy for them who find themselves living in a muddy field in Calais because they are desperate to get to the UK. It's not alleviating pressure.

"How do these people get in these positions? They must be stark raving mad."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Lee Anderson

Police 'looking into hate speech complaint against Lee Anderson' after MP said Sadiq Khan was controlled by Islamists

Richard Tice said he turned down two Tories who tried to join the party

Reform UK leader Richard Tice says he rejected two Tory MPs who tried to defect in the last year

Michael Tomlinson repeatedly refused to answer Nick Ferrari's question

Nick Ferrari cuts off minister who refuses to answer his questions nine times over Lee Anderson's 'Islamophobic remarks'

Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt for sacking Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson refuses to apologise for 'Islamist' comments as he doubles down on criticism of Sadiq Khan

Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt for sacking Lee Anderson

PM denies Tories have 'Islamophobic tendencies' as minister says Lee Anderson's comments were 'profoundly wrong'

Dame Esther Rantzen has told LBC why she is campaigning to change the law on assisted dying

‘Dogs get treated better than humans’, Esther Rantzen says, as TV legend demands assisted dying law change

Rishi Sunak (l) puts on a brave face to the Tories by-election defeats on a visit to Harlow. New Kingswood MP Damien Egan (top r) and Wellingborough MP Gem Kitchen (bottom r)

Rishi Sunak begs frustrated Tories 'not to put Starmer in power' after party suffers double by-election disaster

New Labour MPs Damien Egan and Gen Kitchen

'They are not very good results': Tory chairman admits after double by-election drubbings as MPs call for tax cuts

The peer was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'It was known yesterday' Azhar Ali had made more Israel conspiracy theory comments, peer tells LBC

Scammers should be treated like violent criminals, a senior anti-fraud officer has said.

Scammers should be treated like violent criminals, senior anti-fraud officer tells LBC

The vessel is due to lead the largest Nato exercise since the Cold War, involving more than 40 vessels, after its sister ship was forced to cancel its deployment because of an 'issue' with its propeller shaft.

HMS Prince of Wales docked while it should be 'defending our interests abroad', Minister brands it 'not acceptable'

Lord Rose took aim at government quangos in the wake of the Post Office scandal

'They grow like multi-headed hydras': Asda chairman takes aim at government quangos after Post Office scandal

Lord Stuart Rose speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Police 'not picking up the phone' to attend shoplifting 'endemic', Lord Stuart Rose tells LBC

Dentists who set up practice in areas of England with poor access to NHS care will be offered a £20,000 bonus

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins stumped on exact figure for new dentists as ministers plan £20,000 ‘golden hello’

When asked by Nick to sum up the Government in one word, Ms Keegan said: "Delivering."

Gillian Keegan rates the Government using Ofsted descriptions - and it's not 'Outstanding'

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan tells LBC she is ‘very, very confident’ of 15 hours of free childcare by April

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan tells LBC she is ‘very, very confident’ of 15 hours of free childcare by April