The Americans had also wanted to travel with a piece of military hardware called a ‘mini-gun’
Mini-Guns? For riot control? Diplomacy at its finest. Refusing to allow them was a rare attack of common-sense for Mr. Blunkett.
(For anyone who isn’t familiar with films like ‘Terminator 2’, ‘The Matrix’ or Robert Rankin’s novels: a mini-gun is a large modern machine gun with spinning barrels which fires an enormous number of high power bullets very quickly.)