We printed this story on the warmwell front page on Nov 4 2002. We are very grateful to the Western Morning News for taking up the story - which now looks as though it may turn into a row. Rightly so.
Nov 4 ~ Britain signs arms-for-agriculture accord
This piece of information came from the Bangkok Post on 19th October 2002. By Wassana Nanuam "Britain has signed a counter trade agreement under which it will promote sales of Thai agricultural produce in return for supplying weapons to the military. The deal was signed yesterday (18th Oct) by British ambassador Lloyd Smith and Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, deputy Prime Minister overseeing security matters. Under the pact, the British government would seek to increase imports of local farm produce, as well as find new markets for Thai goods. In return, the military would procure arms from BAE Systems Co, formerly known as British Aerospace. Also present at the signing ceremony were Defence Minister Gen Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya and Defence deputy permanent secretary Gen Uthai Shinawatra." As Michael Hart comments,"I find it unbelievable that at a time when farming in the UK has such major problems that our own government is going to promote sales of Thai agricultural produce in direct competition with UK farmers".
How many other deals has this government done like this?