Liz Truss apologises for an "inadvertent" illegal arms deal Watch

Stiff Little Fingers
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https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-49722916

The international trade secretary said that the licenses had been "granted in error"
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Once again we see that this current regime is either incompetent to Mr Bean levels of bungling, or consider themselves to be above the law...
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I wonder what else we're 'accidentally' sending to the Saudis? Torture equipment? Shackles and whips? Axes for the beheadings of children?
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Pretty major error. Knowing the Conservatives, we’ll likely see her promoted during the next cabinet reshuffle.
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How do you manage to **** that up?
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(Original post by Stiff Little Fingers)
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-49722916

The international trade secretary said that the licenses had been "granted in error"
Once upon a time, mistakes like this meant the minister would do the decent thing and resign.

But I'm guessing she'll become PM when Boris gets bored.
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Now, she should be fine as long as she doesn’t put the money in her secret illegal account.
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It’s actually more complicated than people think. Firstly because it was Liam Fox who signed off, she inherited this issue. Secondly because the court only ordered a review, not that exports be stopped so these licenses were not illegal. It was the government themselves who said they’d not issue new licenses after June.

Also, these are not weapons. They are radios and an air con unit.
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While the items in question may not be arms, it is still a reprehensible circumvention of the court order. So arms deals are declared to be unlawful, well we'll just supply them with equipment which facilitates the murder of Yemenis instead. It's well known that without British logistical support the Saudis would be helpless in Yemen, the UK bears responsibility for the hundreds of children who die there each week. The British government won't be deterred to continue their support for this genocide, whether it be weapons, communications equipment or military gear we're still providing the means for the Saudi army to further their massacre. Don't forget there are currently 6,300 British contractors assisting the Saudis in the war who help train pilots and work in command and control centres where the targets are selected.
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(Original post by No Face)
While the items in question may not be arms, it is still a reprehensible circumvention of the court order. So arms deals are declared to be unlawful, well we'll just supply them with equipment which facilitates the murder of Yemenis instead. It's well known that without British logistical support the Saudis would be helpless in Yemen, the UK bears responsibility for the hundreds of children who die there each week. The British government won't be deterred to continue their support for this genocide, whether it be weapons, communications equipment or military gear we're still providing the means for the Saudi army to further their massacre. Don't forget there are currently 6,300 British contractors assisting the Saudis in the war who help train pilots and work in command and control centres where the targets are selected.
Many of the British contractors are recent ex-military - as usual in the modern world, we have a contracted-out army conducting a merciless war against civilians.

This is a disgusting, disgusting regime, the Saudi 'government' under their ghastly ruler Bin Salman and his gang of thugs. We shouldn't even have diplomatic relations with them, let alone be fawning over them the way our government does.
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