Vince Cable one of 40 MPs on guest list for arms dealers dinner in London

The Business Secretary gave a speech at the event also featuring BBC news personality Jeremy Vine

The British government’s close ties to the arms industry was illustrated this week at a London banquet hosted by the UK’s defence and security companies.

There were 40 MPs on the guest list for a £250-a-head gathering at the Hilton hotel on Park Lane organised by trade organisation ADS, according to information provided by activist group Campaign Against Arms Trade (Caat)

Business Secretary Vince Cable was the most high-profile attendee, and gave a speech at the event.

A spokesperson said he was there to address some of the UK’s major employers, and declined to comment further.

The Independent has contacted other MPs reported to have been in attendance.

Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 host who will help to lead the organisation’s general election coverage, has come under fire over his speech at the event, for which he received a five-figure fee, with Caat officially complaining that his appearance is “incompatible with the corporation’s values”.

The BBC stated that Vine “is a freelance presenter and so can make personal appearances without speaking on behalf of the BBC”.

But Caat have also taken aim at Westminster, accusing politicians of appearing close to an industry it claims “profits from dictatorships which silence and suppress debate”.

Andrew Smith from Caat said: “It’s outrageous that the government actively supports and promotes this deadly trade.

“The fact that arms dealers were swilling champagne with over 40 MPs is a disgrace and shows the extent of the arms trade’s connections and political lobbying.”

Among the arms companies hosting MPs were Cobham, Raytheon, Thales, BAE Systems and MBDA.

These companies have export and business interests in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, Israel, Taiwan and Bahrain.

  • Here’s a letter that was sent to Crispin Blunt MP.

    Dear Mr Blunt,

    Regarding the vote, yay or nay to bomb Syria.

    Apart from the concern this decision will effect on this country and it’s relations with the Muslim world and the obvious threat of Russia.

    Do you really sit in office to allow this atrocity to take place let alone use the guise of democracy in the form of voting, is it on or off, as cold and calculated as that actually is, democracy being used to decide the fates of the innocent in Syria… this time round, regardless of the opinion of the electorate… déjà vu creeps in unanimously, again.

    Only those that have vested interest in one form or other for his own greater good can sit in what is assumed relative safety and comfort while deciding the fate of imposed destruction upon others.

    Please do not tell me the importance of bombing civilian territories (not that it has not happened over and over before this, in all other places that have been and are invaded by the historically insane ruling class) to eradicate the enemy while the civilian casualties are merely the sacrifice worth every bloody penny as collateral for an enemy that despite modern military and national security technology escapes it’s political adversary, very conveniently evading and eliminating the possibility of capture until the agenda is fulfilled.
    But, you see Sir, we the people know who created the enemy, the same creators of the previous enemies that were no longer useful and upon it’s perceived demise a new enemy springs up like it was ordered from an Argos catalogue at discount price. We know who creates extremism and this group of so called ISIS or the like and we know who funds them too (I expect many were created in torture chambers disguised as prisons such as Guantanamo), we even get to sit back and watch the show as the perpetrators in smart suits that create extremism from a safe distance are all so richly rewarded for their part in this degradation of common sense to prop up the wheels of evil created by the state, the state that creates the enemy then pretends that the enemy is responsible for terror attacks around the Western world to drum up support for wholesale destruction of the host civilisation where your state has embedded it’s latest enemy. I fear it is inevitable as what the state wants, the state gets even using dirty tricks.

    Speaking of enemies, the deliberate shepherding of ‘refugees’ consisting of many ISIS trained Muslims I suspect into the European nations must also be in line for the same fate I assume?, or maybe they are special ones, enough to cause terror for political operations against the people to cooperate the ease and use of false flag persuasion. We see what you and your business of politicians are doing and you are even creating laws to silence those that share their opinions in the face of the adversary also created by your very own, they are yours, the day you entered office to serve, or be served more like (not personal) you took on the burden of it’s responsibility, a racket that we all suffer the burden of.

    I implore you to resist the illusion that voting yes to bomb the living daylights out of an already desolated nation for an enemy created by your own that the technology exists to extract and eradicate any enemy without damage in any form to innocent civilian populations.

    Should you go ahead and sanction bombing innocent children it reveals what most of us already think is the obvious and never fail to demonstrate our accuracy. The ‘game’ is always a slaughter of the innocent yet the political machine escapes completely the wrath of the enemy, that is no coincidence and in itself gives the game away. It is not the innocent that deserve the lynching, but we the people know who does deserve it.

    If you are of integrity, and hoping that you are?, of honesty and hold your position honourably you would do what is right above personal privilege and seek counsel with your peers to use national security and secret service to eliminate terrorists without harm to innocent peoples, unless of course you are the terrorists, your actions will show whether your fruit ripens or rots.

    Please in most cases is an empty word that permeates self interest, today it is a bargaining for innocent life that already has very little left of to be, a usually equal empty word, sorry for.
    So PLEASE do all you can to help end this atrocity.

    With
    Sincerity, integrity… and baited breath.

    Regards

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One Response to “Vince Cable one of 40 MPs on guest list for arms dealers dinner in London”

  1. ian says:

    Never cared for Germy Vine-weevil, or Vince Cable. Both strike me as the type that would do what they did.

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