At a time when the North of England has just been hit by some of the worst flooding imaginable, and entire counties are underwater, the Scottish Nationalist Party has decided to send £12 million of emergency aid to flood victims in Africa.
What an insult to the distressed, miserable, marooned and deluged inhabitants of Cumbria. What a slap in the face for the people, many of them now homeless and nearly hopeless, surveying the water-logged wrecks of their house and possessions, just before Christmas too.
Nicola Sturgeon calls this a "climate justice fund". I call it downright THEFT.
This tax money comes from England, Because of the enduring injustice of the Barnett Formula and the inequitable policies of successive governments, we pay £ billions more to Scotland than they contribute, billions more than we get for our own needs in England. Then when English people are in need, do the Scots help us? Not a bit of it. They spit in our face.
In Cumbria people are already having to launch "appeals" for charity money. They should not have to beg. It should be their right to have help from our own government. There should be a sizeable emergency fund for them to draw on, and there would be if our policies were not so mad.
And when are the wonderful friends we are supposed to have in the EU going to offer a penny to help us cope with this major crisis? So far they have not rushed to do so. They have been silent. Mr Junker, Mrs Merkel, where are you? You were very vociferous when demanding more and more billions from us every year.
With some people, generosity and friendship are a one-way street.