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Why isn’t the media reporting the National Gallery’s decision not to host the planned reception for arms dealers?
Despite the shadow of corruption culminating in its President’s resignation a few months ago, arms company Finmeccanica has been buying access to the National Gallery‘s rooms for ‘corporate entertaining’, in order to impress its clients and lobbying decision-makers – for £30,000 a year.
Lest we forget the fruits of their labour
After receiving hundreds of letters condemning its support for arms fairs, the Gallery has said it will not host a reception for arms dealers during this July’s Farnborough Airshow.
The Gallery, on this occasion, will no longer be giving practical support and a veneer of legitimacy to an industry which benefits from death and destruction.
However, despite the innocuous website presentation below, the Natural History Museum, has more dubious activities. It will be hired for the Farnborough Reception for arms dealers on Monday 9th July – hosting an industry which is responsible for human and environmental destruction – what price bluebells?
In the words of the organisers, the reception is “THE most important event during the Farnborough week, exclusively attended by key industry senior level figures, international delegations and exhibitors … a must attend event and an unparalleled networking opportunity.”
Libya was feted in 2010: how many tyrannical regimes will be ‘networking’ this year?
In 2010 international delegations included Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, China and Saudi Arabia. Government officials were on hand to buyers from Libya around the arms fair and even arranged for Ministers and the Duke of York to join the sales effort.
Seven months later the UK was condemning the country for the murder of civilian protesters and preparing for missile strikes.
Posted on May 16, 2012, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, MPs, Vested interests and tagged arms dealers, Finmeccanica, The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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