The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - a decade of Labour's arms exports

As the world's second largest arms exporter , the UK's decisions concerning arms exports are of critical importance. This report looks at the Government's policy and practice in this area over the last ten years. During its term of office, Labour has rewritten the UK's export control laws and shown real leadership internationally. However, the typically 'good' official policies have too often been undermined by competing agendas or 'bad' implementation, with the consequence that there has been too much 'ugly' practice. The change in leadership and the review of the Export Control Act present an ideal opportunity for the Government to redeem its ultimately disappointing record on arms exports, and to ensure that Labour's future commitment to an ethical dimension is more than just rhetorical.