Arms campaigners target Vince Cable speaking engagement

Abusive regimes: More than 20 Traknat campaigners took part

Abusive regimes: More than 20 Traknat campaigners took part

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Protesters made their voices heard outside a Vince Cable’s speaking dinner with former cabinet minister Shirley Williams in St Margarets last week.

More than 25 members of the Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston Against the Arms Trade (Traknat) were protesting the Twickenham MP’s “promotion of arms to human rights abusing regimes”.

Traknat members told Baroness Williams and guests, including Greg Dyke and Lord Oakshott, that British-made small arms and armoured vehicles were used to suppress democracy protesters in Bahrain.

Harald Molgard, from Twickenham, said: “Vince Cable’s business department works hard to sell arms to countries where some of the world’s poorest live including India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

“He fails to see the moral case for not promoting weapons to countries with large populations of very poor people.

“He doesn’t seem to realise that weapons expenditure diverts resources from development.”

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9:29pm Sun 4 May 14

SimonRobinson says...

For a slightly more balanced view on this issue this article is worth a read.

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For a slightly more balanced view on this issue this article is worth a read. http://www.libdems.o rg.uk/martin_horwood _lib_dems_clamping_d own_on_the_arms_trad e SimonRobinson
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10:46am Mon 5 May 14

illynillyt says...

yes of course; always a " balanced view" from the libdem website!
I assume these protesters will carry their campaign to France and Russia, and other countries that are involved in the arms trade?
yes of course; always a " balanced view" from the libdem website! I assume these protesters will carry their campaign to France and Russia, and other countries that are involved in the arms trade? illynillyt
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12:42am Wed 7 May 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Well we certainly did Ukraine a favour by getting them to disarm!!! If they still had their Nukes - Putin would not have invaded. Having a strong army is the best guarantee there is from invasion and from terrorism.

India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria all have problems with fanatics’ - and all would be greatly served by having stronger armies and more kit. They all have problems with terrorists and drug dealing cartels.

Blocking sensisble level of exports to reputable governments will only lead to greater problems.
Well we certainly did Ukraine a favour by getting them to disarm!!! If they still had their Nukes - Putin would not have invaded. Having a strong army is the best guarantee there is from invasion and from terrorism. India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria all have problems with fanatics’ - and all would be greatly served by having stronger armies and more kit. They all have problems with terrorists and drug dealing cartels. Blocking sensisble level of exports to reputable governments will only lead to greater problems. Twickenham Bob
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6:46pm Wed 7 May 14

Concerned_Resident says...

Bob,

So you're advocating equipping foreign armies many times larger than ours, when we can't even equip our own meagre and pathetic armed forces properly. Makes sense that.

Our previous arms deals have always worked so well for us in the end too, what with our own weapons often never being used against our own forces.

And come a few years or decades time, the good old world police UK, US, et al) obviously won't be expected to go in and clean up the mess these governments left behind when they turned their own weapons on their own people!

Oh no, none of that has ever happened, or will ever happen.

Absolutely absurd position you have there Bob.
Bob, So you're advocating equipping foreign armies many times larger than ours, when we can't even equip our own meagre and pathetic armed forces properly. Makes sense that. Our previous arms deals have always worked so well for us in the end too, what with our own weapons often never being used against our own forces. And come a few years or decades time, the good old world police UK, US, et al) obviously won't be expected to go in and clean up the mess these governments left behind when they turned their own weapons on their own people! Oh no, none of that has ever happened, or will ever happen. Absolutely absurd position you have there Bob. Concerned_Resident
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