Down on the farm


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We open this blog with the least racy (and least objectionable) end of the arms trade: Ministry of Defence surplus sales. Standing around in a field in Lincolnshire auctioning off clapped-out landrovers to farmers can hardly compete with flogging fighter jets to repressive Middle Eastern oil clients, either for glamour or for moral problematics.

It has its moments though, as keen readers of the Farmers Guardian will know:



Yours for 15 grand (ejector seat and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles not included). A bargain.


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