It’s highly appropriate that my colleague Symon Hill should be addressing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues  next Wednesday, the day before Armistice Day.
As our report on Remembrance  last year suggested, how we remember is crucial, not least because it influences our decisions here and now.
But what has been all too evident for decades is that we have not learned the lessons of the past. Rather than looking for ways to actively build peace, and ‘beat swords into ploughshares’, ongoing support by Governments (of all parties) for the commercial arms trade has been fuelling conflict around the world, and contributing to the escalation of weapons on all sides.
Symon (who used to work for Campaign Against Arms Trade ) will be putting the case for ending the dependency of the commercial arms industry on the Government.
The event is being held on 10 November at 2-3pm, in Room N, Portcullis House, House of Commons. More information here: www.conflictissues.org.uk