Revolving Door Puts British Politician into French Arms Company

Ann Taylor, former minister for defence equipment in the defated New Labour government of the UK, has been hired by Thales UK, the British arm of the giant French arms company Thales, according the the Guardian.

Thales habitually hires former politicians, according to the Guardian article. The Guardian article goes one to list a few.

As minister, Taylor had an active relationship with Thales, which is coventurer with Elbit Systems of Israel in the Watchkeeper project. She was reported here discussing the potential arming of the Watchkeeper drone:

”We are currently conducting analysis to investigate the contribution that an armed Watchkeeper UAV system could make in current and future operations as part of its routine capability planning process,” said Ann Taylor, minister for international defense and security, under questioning from Lord Lewis Moonie, former junior minister for science and technology in the Ministry of Defence. (Source)

Now Taylor works for the very company she was responsible for negotiating with only months ago.

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