Whilst I am empathetic with your concerns, I do not support a boycott on US trade, no matter what the product is.
We are all shocked by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the protests we have witnessed in the following days. His revolting death is a reminder of the existence of racism and the abuse of powers by authorities that are meant to protect everyone.
America is a nation based on democracy and the rule of law, boasting a system where people have the right to appeal and the freedom to express themselves democratically, and stand in elections if they so choose. Our two nations have long been dear friends and close allies. Our bond is bound by shared history, language, legal fundaments and deeply held values that have long defined us, our governments, societies and economies, namely; individual freedom, free markets and democratic accountability.
The violence that we have witnessed against police officers, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, is a criminal offence. Officers have the right to defend themselves, and either way, will need this equipment. If we did not manufacture it here within our shores, companies elsewhere would, where the quality may not be as high as ours.
America is not Iraq or North Korea, where people are denied opportunity to change the law or enter political office. I have not heard or received any such emails condemning the human rights atrocities we have witnessed in China, such as condemning ethnic groups to ‘re-education camps’ or the aforementioned nations. These are nations that routinely oppress the freedom and liberties of individuals based upon their mutual characteristics or political or philosophical outlook. These nations are threats to freedom, tolerance, pluralism and democratic accountability, the United States is not.
Blocking rubber bullets and riot gear from being exported to America would ultimately harm our economy, and put people out of work. Advocating for a knee-jerk response to cut off trade will lead to the demand for these goods to be produced to fall, putting pressure on British businesses, and ultimately, workers losing their jobs. We already have strict rules which the Prime Minister has referred to with regards to the exports of such items, which we should and do abide to.
I will continue to advocate for and support the United Kingdom’s close relationship with the United States. We have no closer or dearer friend who understand the values that found our nation.