Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/539/6214

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 June 2008

Britain: No.1 arms dealer

BRITISH CAPITALISM produces far fewer manufactured goods than in the past, but in one sphere it's a world leader. Last year, it was the world's largest exporter of arms.

UK companies won £10 billion worth of new armaments orders last year - a 33% share of the world market according to the Defence and Security Organisation, which promotes Britain's defence industry. Britain displaced the USA from the arms top spot for the first time in many decades.

The Labour government started its term of office in 1997 speaking of instigating an 'ethical foreign policy'. So who are our 'ethical' government authorising and encouraging sales to?

Number one importer from Britain was Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy whose reactionary politics and lack of allowing democratic rights give its élite phenomenal wealth. Last year the Saudi government placed an order for Typhoon aircraft valued at £4.3 billion.

Typhoons are made by a consortium headed by British arms manufacturer BAe Systems. BAe is accused of paying £1 billion in bribes to the Saudi ambassador to the US, in return for assistance in securing an earlier £43 billion deal. New Labour ministers stopped the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into BAe's Saudi dealings as "not in the national interest." Highly ethical.

Workers are getting jobs at these firms at present but recession is likely to hit here as well. Socialists argue for these factories to be democratically run by workers to manufacture socially useful goods instead of deadly weapons of mass destruction.

Roger Shrives

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 25 June 2008:

Prices up, Wages down...Summer of action needed!

Workers' battles win results: Tankers drivers' success upsets bosses

Council workers striking back


Socialist Party editorial

Editorial: Summer of discontent?

PCS union sends letter of solidarity to Unison

Campaign for a new workers' party: Conference - Sunday 29 June, 11am - 5pm


Unison Conference 2008

Unison conference 2008: Fighting to reclaim the union for its members

Unison Service Group Executives - socialists elected

National Shop Stewards Network Conference

Fighting, democratic unions not witch hunts


Socialist Party campaigns

Thousands show their hatred for racism

Student unions can be pushed into action


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Review: False 'gods' of a failing system


International socialist news and analysis

Zimbabwe: Mugabe's militias crush his political opponents

Afghanistan - paying the price of western occupation

Summit fails to halt runaway oil prices

Britain: No.1 arms dealer


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Cut throat competition threatens NHS

"With polyclinics you're just a number"

Stop this sell-off!


Origins of the Labour Party

'Old' Labour - born out of workers' struggles


Socialist Party workplace news

Brighton bus drivers match inflation

Teachers fight academy plans in Bolton

Union news in brief

Usdaw election


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 25 June 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Britain:

triangleReject the austerity lies

triangleHow we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

triangleFast Food Rights: Day of Action

triangleBarking & Dagenham Socialist Party: Working Class struggles in Britain 1842-2014

triangleEconomy: Reality doesn't match Tory rhetoric

Arms:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: How the arms trade fuels war

triangleThem & Us

triangleBan this trade in death

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

25/3/15

Unison

Special conference votes for submission of new pay claim

25/3/15

Unite

Unite conference hears how zero-hours were beaten

25/3/15

Blacklisting

Anti-blacklisting leader arrested at Hilton protest

25/3/15

Appeal

Socialist Party election appeal 2015

25/3/15

London

Inspired by Bob Crow to stand for TUSC

25/3/15

Them & Us

Them & Us

25/3/15

Lewisham

Lewisham: Marching against academies

25/3/15

Salford

Fighting against the cuts for the most vulnerable

25/3/15

Leicester

Attempt to exclude TUSC from Leicester hustings

25/3/15

Austerity

Fighting racism, austerity and capitalism

25/3/15

Libraries

Saving libraries: it's a page-turner!

20/3/15

Waltham Forest

Whipps Cross and Barts NHS crisis: Cancel all PFI!

20/3/15

Construction workers

Anti-Blacklisting activist arrested on Crossrail protest

18/3/15

Barking & Dagenham

Refuse workers strike against wages theft

18/3/15

Unite

Socialist elected to Unite executive council

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle25 Mar Israel-Palestine: Likud election victory

photo Dave Sinclair

triangle25 Mar How we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

photo David Smith

triangle25 Mar A voice for the 99%

triangle25 Mar Special conference votes for submission of new pay claim

photo Paul Mattsson

triangle25 Mar Reject the austerity lies

triangle20 Mar Whipps Cross and Barts NHS crisis: Cancel all PFI!

Helen Pattison argues for a minimum £10 an hour wage, photo Paul Mattsson

triangle18 Mar Fight for £10 an hour now!

More ...

triangle28 Mar Barking & Dagenham Socialist Party: Marxism opposes Terrorism

triangle30 Mar Chesterfield Socialist Party: How to challenge Ukip in May's election

triangle30 Mar Leeds Socialist Party: Art and Revolution

triangle1 Apr Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Terrorism and its causes

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice