Britain always seeks a profit in wars

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 5 October 2023 The Ukraine conflict is but the most recent case where UK policy-makers and weapons manufacturers seek commercial opportunities from devastating wars – often by arming both sides. When my colleagues Phil Miller and Matt Kennard visited the world’s largest arms fair in London last month, they found weapons manufacturers […]

India: Declassified

UK files on India highlight involvement in the bloody 1984 Amritsar raid and an assassination attempt against pro-independence leader, Subhas Chandra Bose, among other policies. Documents Prime Minister’s Office file on Amritsar Raid (Stop Deportations, 1984) ‘US embassy cables: UK presses Pakistan for “quick action” after Mumbai attacks; US says UK is “over-reacting” (US Embassy, […]

Tanks to India and Pakistan, 1967

George Thomson, Commonwealth Secretary, to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, 19 October 1967 Since March 1966 UK policy is to supply arms to both India and Pakistan. The Pakistani government wants the UK to approve a proposal to establish a factory in either Pakistan or Iran to manufacture Vickers tanks for the armies of Pakistan, Iran […]

Partition: ‘Keep a bit of India’

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis In 1947 the partition of colonial British India into two new states, India and the Muslim state of Pakistan, involved massive population transfer and a bloodbath: up to a million people lost their lives in the communal violence that […]