A young lad called Nicholas Hurd (how did he get started up the greasy pole?) criticised us the other day for giving less to charity than we spend on average on cheese (£1.50 per week, apparently). There's only four Brazillian cheeses and they are all soft or semi-soft and nowhere near the sublime quality of good Stilton or Cheddar. I reckon that DfID money, if it has to be spent at all, should be used instead to market British cheese and associated technology in Brazil.
The point is that giving to charity should be a personal choice, not socialised mass robbery and dispensation of largesse on all sorts of things we likely don't wish to spend any money on and might well give money to see fail. I was taught from an early age not to give money to charities, not only by my parents, but by my grandparents and several unrelated people of those generations, the reasons being that these were obvious rackets doing nothing to solve problems and in fact perpetuating them.
Well, while we persist in electing the likes of that we can hardly be surprised at what follows.