Mark Thompson‘s blog is not the first place I would go for propoganda from the arms industry. But that’s what I found.
I’m definitely not looking to flame Mark or pick a fight, but it seems a little odd to me that he would want to advertise Defence Matters.
This is a website to promote the Defence Industries Council. Who are the members of the DIC? Well amongst others there are…
- Ian King Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems and Chairman of the Defence Industries Council
- Sir John Rose Chief Executive Officer, Rolls Royce
- Andrew White Chief Executive Officer, Serco Defence, Science & Nuclear
Lovely, gang I’m sure you’ll agree. What does the DIC do?
The DIC aims to take a strategic perspective of the interests of the UK defence industry and represent them effectively to Government notably through the National Defence Industries Council (NDIC) and in other relevant national and international fora.
What a lovely mission statement too!
So the DIC is a lobbying organisation whose main aim is to keep defence procurement high, the wallet of our Government open and our taxes flowing freely to them. The Military Industrial Complex is one of the most pernicious elements of late 20th and early 21st century capitalism and I’m just surprised a blogger I respect wants to help advance its cause.
Of course I understand that it is difficult to control who advertises on your blogger hosted blog and Mark may not even be aware its there, but I would want Mark to know that this doesn’t look good.
Perhaps he can contact Google MessageSpace (see Mark’s helpful comments below) and ask them to not advertise weapons manufacturer’s propagandists on his website? Better yet, Mark could just change his byline from…
Thoughts on politics and life from a Liberal perspective
BAE, Serco and Rolls Royce and the Defence Industries Council are all a bunch of gun-totting, tax-payer-funded, scrounging, good-for-nothing wankers and they’re all terrible employers and their extortion of money from the Ministry of Defence through our dreadful procurement programme are one of the reasons why your child’s school is no longer being built and VAT is headed to 20%
That should also do the trick.
Scrapbook are up to it too…