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Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

By skippy17/10 09:51Sat Oct 17 09:51:08 2020In response to Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

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Well you asked questions then filled in my answers for me.
I think some of your failure to understand my arguments is that you don't actually know enough about the UK arms export industry, as demonstrated by your comment on Typhoons etc

Arms sales cover a myriad of different things, including bomb detection and clearance equipment and other things that are dual use.
I'm against people flogging bombs, I'm not against people flogging bomb detection equipment. Therefor having a blanket stance against arms exports would prevent the sale of life saving non-offensive equipment.
It is about what is produced, who it is sold to and how it is used. This is recognised within the ATT.
Thankfully the UN are less confused by this than you.

Hence strategic and moral with none of the 'or' you seem to insist must be there.

In addition to those I also have an economic argument. There can be more than one thing wrong with something.

Or you can have a economic argument... “to maximise profit we should sell to Iran, not SA.”

That is not the economic argument., which again demonstrates to me you don't know enough about the UK arms export industry. The economic argument is the cost to the UK tax payer to provide profits to private arms companies. The UK tax payer spends a lot of money to be 'safe' but in some respects it also pays a lot of money that ends up having a negative effect on that safety.
And that's without delving into the export credit guarantee schemes and the fines when we get caught bribing Arabs.

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