14_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,202

Monday 14 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Ha ha ha ha ha, “The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.”

That’s propaganda for you, the ability to swear black is white and 2 plus 2 equals 5.

Of course going to the Gulf on an arms trade trip is not adding to the proliferation of arms in the world or affecting our security in any way, that’s a peaceful mission, just business as usual, flogging arms for profit, hoping to persuade Gulf leaders to buy 100 Typhoons on top of the 72 bought by Saudi Arabia and hoping to flog them 72 more.

In 2011 Gerald Howarth, then a UK defence minister, attended an arms fair in Abu Dhabi, ‘the regions largest arms fair at which 93 British companies were promoting their wares’. This was at a time when the UK was ‘forced to revoke arms export licences to Bahrain and Libya amid fears that British arms may have been used in the violent crackdown on protesters’.

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, demonstrating that you all learn your lines well, also voiced the exact same warning, “Labour are now a serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security”, focusing on Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to nuclear disarmament, ‘weakening our defences’. Nuclear arms are usually called a ‘deterrent’, a weapon no sane government would use but held to persuade anyone crazy enough to contemplate such move that it’s not a very good idea. The idea that nuclear weapons are defensive weapons is ludicrous. Taking out a terrorist in the UK with a Trident missile would, I imagine, not impress (briefly) those caught in the ensuing devastation.

You have allowed British pilots to bomb Syria under US command and authorised drone strikes which you told MP’s were ‘legal because they were intended to prevent attacks on Britain’, but have told the UN Security Council they were, ‘a necessary and proportionate exercise of the individual right of self-defense of the United Kingdom, action against ISIL in Syria is lawful in the collective self-defense of Iraq’. Kat Craig, Reprieve’s Legal Director of Abuses in Counter-Terrorism, has questioned this two faced reasoning, ‘Parliament voted strikes in Syria down, the government promised to return to parliament if it were going to strike again, and yet the PM has just told the United Nations he struck Syria in order to defend Iraq’.

Of course, saying, ‘The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security’ isn’t meant to appeal to rational sensibilities, it’s just scare mongering propaganda to be regurgitated ad nauseam by those who swallow such nonsense hook, line and sinker.