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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Prince’s ties to despots under fire
Monday 07 March 2011
by Paddy McGuffin, Home Affairs Reporter
Campaigners called today for the immediate dismissal of the Duke of York as Britain’s trade envoy today over his inappropriate conduct and close links with despotic regimes.
His position as the country’s official trade lobbyist hung in the balance this evening following a number of highly embarrassing revelations about his conduct.
Prince Andrew has been Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment since 2001.
And fresh doubts were raised this weekend over his ties to US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said that, as a volunteer, the Duke was “not somebody who is appointed and sacked.”
But Labour’s former Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant said it was time for him to go.
“I think we should be dispensing with his services. I think the charge list now against him is so long that he is a bit of an embarrassment.”
Mr Cable’s claim was also disputed by anti-monarchist campaign group Republic.
The group’s spokesman Graham Smith said: “Of course Andrew can be sacked from his role, he simply needs to be sent a note to that effect from the Prime Minister.
“If this were anyone else at all they would be out of a job. Andrew has brought UKTI and the British government into disrepute.”
He met Colonel Gadaffi‘s son Saif on two occasions in 2007.
Britain has sold millions of pounds worth of arms to both countries in the last few years.
Campaign Against Arms Trade spokeswoman Kaye Stearman said: “As UKTI special trade representive Prince Andrew acts as cheerleader-in-chief for the UK arms industry.
“His main task seems to be smooze royalty and dictators of resource-rich states to pave the way for UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) to sell weapons.”
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