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Charity should begin at home

AS George Osborne prepares to cut the welfare budget by £12bn, Britain continues to send £10bn per annum in overseas aid.

In a complete inversion of economic sense, Britain borrows money to gift India, a country with its own space programme, more than £280m per annum, along with Pakistan, China, Russia and even Mugabe's Uganda.

Rather than threaten to remove benefits from the elderly, would the Chancellor not accept that charity should begin at home?

JOHN ORR

Seaforde, Co Down

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