Military spending continues to rise
Ethical Consumer signs up to day of action.
Campaigners report that world military expenditure reached an all-time high of £1,082 billion last year with the UK ranked fourth spending £39 billion.
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) is co-ordinating a call to action for the 15th April in an effort to get the government to re-think its policy on military spending and its wider budgetary priorities.
They are angry at the governments continued protection of the military budget, while at the same time cutting public services.
Anne Marie O'Relly from the Campaign Against the Arms trade told us "The Global Day of Action on Military Spending is a chance for grassroots groups to come together to challenge the UK's huge military spending at a time when our public services face drastic spending cuts. People will not accept public money being spent on nuclear weapons systems and propping up arms company profits as hospitals are closed and emergency services cut back. It's time to shift priorities to meet human needs."
Ethical Consumer is one of the organisations that has signed up to the call out (from the International Peace Bureau). Director Tim Hunt said "We are proud to add our name to the growing list of NGO's and campaign groups supporting CAAT's Global Day of Action Against Military Spending. We have long campaigned against the arms trade. Our buyers' guides reflect this position with companies involved in military supply of any type scoring additional negative marks"
Their are numerous actions in the pipeline with a Disarmament and development public meeting to be held on Monday 15th April, 5pm-6.30pm, at the Houses of Parliament. The meeting will examine the social justice possibilities of redirecting military spending, with speakers John Hilary of War on Want, Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, and Kate Hudson of CND.
Find out what you can do at demilitarize.org.uk