The Government confessed to a bit of an oops moment today when the UK International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, claimed they had accidentally granted two military export licenses for Saudi Arabia despite the suspension of arms to the country after a court ruling that it was unlawful as the weapons were being used against civilians in Yemen.
We shouldn't be too hard on Liz Truss, we have all accidentally put something on Ebay only to find out that what we have actually sold is an aircraft carrier, i had a hell of a job finding a box for the one i sold in error.
My daughter is forever selling her things online to all four corners of the globe, old phones, clothes, CD's so the odd assignment of Kalashnikov AK-101 Assault Rifles to North Korea are bound to slip through, these things happen, we’re all only human.
Before the court ruling, the UK had licensed the sale of £6.2bn worth of arms to the Saudi led coalition currently bombing Yemen which has killed more than 8,000 civilians while driving a deadly cholera outbreak and famine that the United
Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
Maybe if we ask for them back and return the billions we got for them they will return them to us or failing that we should make them promise not to use the deadly weapons that we 'accidentally' sold them to massacre civilians.
Better make them cross their heart and hope to die and have someone check they haven't got their fingers crossed just to be sure