To say Britain has a troubled foreign policy history is like saying Brock Turner has a dubious history on women’s issues.
As the Empire unravelled and turned into Commonwealth, old colonial methods for extracting resources from some of the poorest nations on Earth to furnish the UK’s wealth changed to stealthier trade deals. While on the surface many of these deals seemed to guarantee much needed money for countries around the world, they often came with stipulations that had very negative impacts on the populations of those countries. Moves to restrict the power of multi-national companies and to take back control of the vast natural resources that many of the countries were sitting was strictly prohibited as the UK sought to keep the milk from its foreign cash cows flowing.
The UK’s International Development Budget was never supposed to be linked to these deals. The idea…
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