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The law was broken – Is an apology really sufficient?


If a retailer or publican sold alcohol or cigarettes to people under the legal age would their offer to apologise be considered acceptable? As another comparison would a business that sells weapons be allowed to apologise for selling them to … Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt and his double li(f)e


There is nothing to suggest in the tweet on the right hand side that Jeremy Hunt had travelled out of the UK in order to meet partners from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the United States which are the flags … Continue reading

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The need to change our military tradition


The news from Europe that the Tory Party Members of the European Parliament chose to abstain from a vote to ban sales of arms to Saudi Arabia is not really the issue, just as the idea that the death of … Continue reading

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We must look beyond our own shores


In the last 24 hours two British senior politicians from both sides of the House of Commons with clear responsibility for our role overseas have been raising concerns about internal aspects of our nation and it is clear that both … Continue reading

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Dear Penny and Alistair


As Ministers in the current UK Government it is encouraging to see you both using twitter to call for “all parties to prevent civilian casualties and to cooperate with the UN” over the crisis in Yemen. As MPs and Ministers … Continue reading

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Home Office must publish out of respect


Late last night and this morning some people involved in the use of social media have been proposing various courses of action following the attack by the three men on London Bridge and at Borough Market. It is far to … Continue reading

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A great union, when we open our borders


It is a challenge to read and digest an Easter message from a politician who just over a week ago spoke about chocolate eggs as though they were a matter of national importance whilst in the middle of selling weapons … Continue reading

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Let us stand with Margot Wallstrom


On a number of occasions over the lifetime of this blog I have written about the need for our nation to end its sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia and challenge their human rights record. Occasionally a bold UK Minister … Continue reading

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We need a Rand and Chris


The collective ears of the Yemeni nation must have been burning on Wednesday, and one assumes they were attuned to events taking place in two major American Cities. Whilst the outcome may not seem hugely significant, if there is a … Continue reading

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The paper not in my hand


The debate in Parliament on Thursday 28th January on the killing of innocent people in Yemen was accompanied by what could only be described as a farce of responses and comments. Tobias Ellwood, Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister first claimed he had … Continue reading

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