Prince Charles' Dance of Shame
Last month Prince Charles flew to Saudi Arabia and danced for its autocratic rulers. The next day Saudi Arabia and arms company BAE Systems announced they had finalised their latest multi-billion pound weapons deal. Arms company BAE's share price was set to fall so the UK government sent in the royals to seal the deal. Take action.
The government plans to spend £2.5 billion on 14 fighter jets to fight unspecified 'future threats'. Meanwhile public sector cuts continue to drive homelessness, hunger and inequality in the UK, and renewable energy is woefully underfunded. On 14 April take action with people around the world to say it's time to shift priorities.
Ending Comic Relief’s arms trade links
Comic Relief is to sell its arms trade investments while it conducts a review. Now we need to ensure its new investment policy recognises that arms trade investments are unacceptable. CAAT has requested a meeting with Comic Relief's review team. We will also hand in a petition: please add your voice!
Arms dealers' dinner
On 28 January, arms dealers gathered in London for a 'networking' dinner, where they entertained the politicians they want to support their deadly business. Last year more than 20 MPs attended. This year's guests included Business Secretary Vince Cable. Campaigners protested at the event and, after pressure from CAAT, the BBC's political editor withdrew from speaking at the dinner!