Sweden’s stopped selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Why can’t the UK follow suit?
Britain supplies some of the world’s worst tyrants with weapons, and our excuses for doing so are wearing increasingly thin, writes The Guardian's David Wearing.
It’s always nice to have the Scandinavians around, to show us there’s a better way of doing things. The Nordic and Anglo-American models of capitalism sit at opposite ends of the developed world league table on inequality and, as a direct result, on a range of key measures of social wellbeing. Healthy, happy lives for them. Food banks and zero-hour contracts for us. Now, in another area of national embarrassment – foreign policy and arms sales – the Swedes have also demonstrated that there’s an alternative path available.