Richard Dowden

A regular blog from RAS Director, Nicholas Westcott.


Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Written by Richard Dowden
So now we know a little more. We always knew that in 2001 Britain’s BAE systems sold Tanzania a £28 million air traffic control system. The World Bank and the International Civil Aviation Organisation said it was unnecessarily sophisticated and overpriced. Some calculated it was four times the cost of what Tanzania actually needed. Tony Blair personally pushed the deal. Clare Short, the Dfid Minister, opposed it.   Now we know that BAE paid $11 million to “an agent... more