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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, March 30, 2008
    BAE: Fooling no one
    BAE: ‘Our firsts in engineering help the UK stay a world leader in innovation... In the last two years we’re proud to have launched the Type 45 destroyer and Astute submarine’
    Hmmm... destroyers and submarines: how innovative is that? And what price innovation - BAE projects are routinely late and over budget, and we foot the bill. Recently the budget for the Astute subs increased by 47 per cent and the budget for the Type 45 Destroyers by 18 per cent, costing the taxpayer £2.2 billion more than expected. Which could have been spent on truly innovative alternative energy or transport systems.

    BAE: ‘We train more skilled engineers in the UK than any other company... We’ve always hired and trained the very best of UK talent’
    There is a skills shortage in many areas of UK science and technology. But arms production enjoys extensive government support. In 2005, around £2,600m of government R&D money went to the military sector while just £37m went to renewable energy. A recent government report estimated that the number of jobs in the renewable energy sector could, given supportive enough policies, expand from 8,000 in 2004 to as many as 35,000 by 2020. In contrast to arms companies, this work would be a contribution to global welfare and security.

    Ads: BAE's ukadvantage campaign
    Critique: Campaign Against the Arms Trade Control BAE campaign
    Your company killed my child: engraving by Emily Johns for a British Aerospace AGM
    BAE AGM 2008 Wednesday 7 May