An arms fair is a bit like a double glazing sales convention - but where every last bit of UPVC is designed to kill you.
By Liz Stephens
"It's also available golden plated" said the sales assistant for Pakistan Ordinance Factories, showing me a 5mm sub machine gun that gleamed like the Sultan of Brunei's taps, "of course that comes at an extra cost". Welcome to the world of Defence Systems and Equipment International - or 'the world's biggest arms fair' to you and I.
Getting into the DSEi is hard - you have to prove yourself several times with various forms of photo ID and documentation. "This is more difficult than getting into the G20" protested the AFP journalist next to me in the hour-and-a-half long queue to get 'accredited'. In my case, further proof was required in the form of three sample news articles (carefully chosen) and a CRB check certificate. "What are you planning on doing in there?" the event's desperate press coordinator enquired. "Reporting," I muttered darkly. "WhatRead More »from Inside an arms fair