When your Government includes a line in it's foreign policy that states it will refuse to sell arms to countries where there is 'an identifiable risk that the weapons could be used aggressively against another country or it's own population', you can expect not to see any of the 20 countries it lists as abusive of Human Rights on its arms-sold-to invoice.
With our ethical arms policy not to sell weapons to countries we judge as a cause for concern firmly in place, this weeks NGO Saferworld report on the sell of UK arms around the globe should make comfortable reading for the second largest arms exporter.
£400m worth of military equipment to Indonesia, Oops.
Military hardware including vehicles and heavy machine guns to Colombia. Oh dear.
More than £110m worth of military equipment to Israel during its war with Lebanon. Hmmm. Despite an EU arms embargo, £500m worth of military equipment to China. £10m worth of sniper rifles to Russia. Well, see, the thing with that is...
So out of the 20 blacklisted countries we deem as too quick to abuse Human Rights if they got their mucky hands on our military hardware, who haven't we sold to?
North Korea, the other 19 have either suddenly become pillars of the global community, trustworthy enough not to kill thousands on a whim or our ethical arms policy lasted as long as it took for these 19 abusive regimes to open their wallets.
Yep, i thought so also.