Despite widespread myths that the British police are unarmed and govern through consent, paramilitary-style policing has a long and ugly history in the UK and across the British Empire. This report looks at the increasingly blurry line between the police and military and the role of the UK in militarised policing globally.
Saudi Arabia is the UK's largest arms customer. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most repressive regimes and is using UK arms in its bombing of Yemen. The importance to the UK government of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and of the overall alliance with Saudi Arabia, mutes any criticism of the regime’s behaviour.
The UK and Scottish governments should act urgently to get wave technology moving forward through the £200 million investment needed, and to target this at the Clyde region. This is half the cost of one of the Type 26 Frigates being built on the Clyde, and would create far more potential for jobs and exports.