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Thursday 17 Jan marks the anniversary of the announcement that the Metrix consortium had successfully bid for the contract to build a privatised military academy in South Wales. The announcement was celebrated by Wales First Minister and renowned ‘socialist’ Rhodri Morgan with a champagne-popping photo-opportunity outside the Senedd (Welsh Assembly building) in Cardiff. It was also celebrated by the US military-industrial complex, in the shape of the sinister Carlyle Group (ex-director George W Bush), who three weeks later sold their shares in Qinetiq, key players in the Metrix consortium, having seen them rocket on the stock market.
It was almost as if the Carlyle Group knew that the Metrix bid was sure to succeed – not that we would possibly suggest any underhand dealing in the matter!
The anniversary will not go unmarked by the campaign to stop the military academy at St Athan, who invite everybody who does not want to see public money handed to arms dealers to join them at 1pm outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. This will merely be the start of an escalating campaign against the academy, which will include meetings around the UK and a major demo in April supported by the Stop the War coalition.