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The Independent View: Arms deals with India – why Lib Dems should say no

PM Cameron’s heavyweight government plus business trip to India went swimmingly, so we are to believe, despite that diplomatic faux pas about Pakistani support for terrorism and Indian discontent about proposed immigration quotas. One fortunate outcome for Mr Cameron was that both issues diverted attention from a highly contentious arms deal involving arms giant BAE.

Under the deal, 57 Hawk jets will be manufactured under licence in India with BAE’s Indian partner, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), with technical support from BAE. Roll-Royce also gets a slice of the deal as its jet engines will be used in production. The deal is …

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    jedibeeftrix - I also don't like ringfences. Suppose we reduced our foreign aid spend - would you idea also see a reduction in defence? Defence...
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    i'm not a fan of ring-fences, but i'd sell the idea of 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid if it was part of a deal...