Scottish CND     magazine
"... no one could have been more relieved than was I by the dramatic end of the Cold War. I could see for the first time the prospect of restoring a world free of the apocalyptic threat of nuclear weapons.
Over time that shimmering hope gave way to a judgment which has now become a deeply held conviction; that a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons is necessarily a world devoid of nuclear weapons.
... As to those who believe nuclear weapons desirable or inevitable, I would say these devices exact a terrible price even if never used. Accepting nuclear weapons as the ultimate arbiter of conflict condemns the world to live under a dark cloud of perpetual anxiety. Worse, it codifies mankind's most murderous instincts as an acceptable resort when other options for resolving conflict fail."
Meanwhile Tony Blair, when asked on a BBC Radio interview, "would you press the nuclear button" , replied:
"These are enormously difficult decisions but yes, you have to envisage circumstances in which your nuclear deterrent can be used. .... I believe in retaining our nuclear capability."
Scottish CND      magazine