Jan 27 2010
HUH? As Britain raises TERROR THREAT to SEVERE, Gordon Brown cuts budget for counter-terrorism spending
Did Barack Obama think this one up?
PRESSURE was piled on PM Gordon Brown today to explain cutbacks in counter-terrorism programs because of the weakened pound. The Lib Dems called for an urgent statement from the PM after it was revealed programs to tackle terror in Pakistan had been cut — just hours after Mr Brown said unrest in the region was the “number one security threat to the West.”
The budget shortfall emerged yesterday during a speech by Baroness Kinnock in the House of Lords. She said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was trying to deal with a shortfall of a whopping £110MILLION — and this is expected to grow next year.
Her disclosure caused astonishment in the Lords and came just hours after Mr Brown told the lower chamber, the House of Commons, that the “crucible of terrorism” on the Afghan-Pakistan border remained the “No. 1 security threat to the West.”
“Cutting FCO expenditure on counter-terrorism programmes in Pakistan because of the movement of exchange rates is clearly not the way to run an effective foreign policy. UK SUN
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