Is defence event in Bath a good or bad thing?
In contrast to the views of other correspondents on the topic, I strongly support Bath and North East Somerset Council's far-sighted decision to host what I regards as an arms fair at the Assembly Rooms in June.
This is a vital industry that needs all our support as it produces jobs and export income as well as giving the UK considerable influence with friendly foreign regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and Libya.
The crucial role that UK arms and equipment have played helping to suppress popular unrest in such unstable countries by arming their military and police forces is not as widely acknowledged as it should be.
At a time of rising unemployment and pressure on state spending, it is vital that the Government continues to heavily subsidise the UK arms industry to the tune of several hundred million pounds a year.
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It is truly heartening to see our council following the lead of the Prime Minister on his recent visit to Indonesia where his entourage included executives from six arms companies.
In a courageous stand for UK jobs, David Cameron rightly ignored the Indonesian Government's record of using British Hawk jets to bomb civilians in East Timor and its continuing human rights abuses in West Papua, by selling them as many British bullets and bombs as possible.
With growing instability in the Middle East, rising tensions over natural resources and raw materials in Africa and the developing military threat of China in Asia, the prospects for increasing UK arms exports look extremely good.
It is a sad but uncomfortable truth that pacifists and so-called do-gooders will have to face but more wars abroad means more wealth at home.
Therefore we should be doing everything we can to encourage these fairs so that our bankrupt economy will thrive again.
So I say hats off to councillor Paul Crossley and B&NES Council for doing their bit!
REGINALD E H DYER Lower Limpley Stoke Wiltshire