In the current issue of The Friend, Rosemary Burton challenges us to greater engagement with the arms trade. Apposite that the news this week has been dominated by the redundancies in naval shipyards. No doubt the same arguments would be deployed if there were any suggestion to abandon Trident submarine construction. I joined a Friends of the Earth delegation to see Peter Atkinson MP on that subject, where it became clear that jobs were one issue. The other was that we needed to mirror what France had. I hope that the whole subject of the arms trade and why the public implicitly support it continues to be explored in the Hexham Debates. I would interested in other contributions.

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