- Published on Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:52
On 16 July 1945 the first detonation of an atomic bomb took place in the desert of New Mexico. The leader of the Manhattan Project, J Robert Oppenheimer described the test, quoting the Hindu scriptures: "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds". Three weeks later thousands of people died as two atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For 70 years we have lived in the shadow of the bomb. President Kennedy described our predicament - "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they aboliish us". After seven decades it is time to act and to ban the bomb. At a major conference on the effect of nuclear weapons in December 2014 Austria issued a pledge to "fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons". This has now been endorsed by 113 nations from around the world.
- Published on Monday, 13 July 2015 13:31
Two months have passed since the General Election and the MPs are settling in and starting to make progress with their policies. With 57 of the 59 Scottish MPs opposing trident replacement it seemed like a good time to send a delegation from SCND to Parliament to meet individual MPs to attend various meetings at the House of Commons.
John Ainslie and Veronika Tudhope attended the debate. Margaret Ferrier and Kirsten Oswald, spoke with confidence and conviction against the convoys, highlighting dangers to Scots living along the route, and beyond. The minister’s reply was disappointing, hingeing upon the premise that nuclear weapons are a necessary part of Britain’s security and any objection arises out of the SNP’s opposition to Trident, rather than any real concerns about safety.
- Published on Monday, 13 July 2015 09:49
Big Sandy and CiNDy took to the streets of Glasgow city centre to promote our message of "Bairns not Bombs"
- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:58
A recruitment advert for a “craft fitter” at Coulport gives an insight into the work which is performed within the Top Secret facility which stores and handles Trident nuclear warheads on the shores of Loch Long.
- Published on Saturday, 20 June 2015 21:06
Veronika Tudhope (Vice-chair of Scottish CND) spoke at the Scotland United Against Austerity rally in Glasgow. A video is available at http://bit.ly/1Szl1fh (28:00). She said:
I’m one of many Scots working hard to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland, from the UK and from the whole world.
I talk a lot to people about this aim and, somewhat to my surprise, not everyone agrees with me.
Apparently some people think they are needed to make us feel secure. So what threatens the people of Scotland? What threat to Scotland’s people outweighs the danger of accident, malicious attack or war leading to a nuclear explosion centred on a spot only 25 miles from Glasgow?
- Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:22
The Navy have thrown out William McNeilly, the submariner who blew the whistle on nuclear submarines, describing Trident as "a disaster waiting to happen". He has been given a dishonourable discharge. In response a spokesperson for Scottish CND said:
"When the Navy interviewed McNeilly they were only interested in discrediting what he had published. They don't appear to have tried to get to the root of the problems he raised. The allegations are so serious that they must be investigated thoroughly, not just brushed aside. It is the Navy who have acted dishonourably, not William McNeilly.
- Published on Monday, 08 June 2015 13:15
In 1980 Margaret Thatcher gave the go ahead for the programme to replace Polaris with Trident. She also allowed President Reagan to base US Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) at Greenham Common. Today we appear to have slipped back to the dangerous world of 35 years ago. David Cameron is preparing to authorise a new submarine-based nuclear weapon system which will replace Trident. Now Philip Hammond, speaking on the Andrew Marr show, has said that the UK might be willing to accept American GLCM.
GLCM and other Intermediate Range nuclear weapons were particularly destabilising during the Cold War. One of the biggest achievements that has ever been made in nuclear arms control was the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. This removed several types of Russian and American nuclear weapon, including GLCM.