5 Jun 2009

Its CAAT time again

This is a letter I wrote to a few papers this morning:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Whilst this is a turbulent period
nationally and locally for our political system and economy, and taxpayers supporting financial institutions for their ineptitude, I feel it worth pointing out that the UK government (specifically UK Trade and Industry) plans on lending its support to the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair, one of the world's largest.

Despite a majority of the population objecting to arms sales, the government subsidises the arms trade with approximately £850m a year. This is during in a period where unemployment is rising along with a growing national debt.

Arms companies maintain that their industry is vital for the economy's well-being, however arms sales make up just 1.5% of total exports, and employ just 0.2% of the workforce. Not only this, but the trade damages Britain's reputation abroad. BAE Systems is currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for their dealings in several countries.

When the opportunity arises for us to choose our MP once more (and this seems increasingly likely), I would urge voters to question their candidates on their policies associated with this. If we can make it an issue now, we might be able to save lives in the future.


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