- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 19:27
"it’s time for the UK to play a new role on the world stage. a Green Government will deliver a foreign policy based on peace, a global deal on climate change and a halt to the arms trade. We will disarm the trident nuclear weapons in the Clyde, and scrap the Vanguard-class submarines. Workers will be reskilled and redeployed to provide defence of the strategically important northern seas from faslane and Coulport. We will leave nato and collaborate on security with our neighbours without the use of weapons of mass destruction. We will reduce military spending and reorient the armed forces away from the projection of power and towards defence, Un-sanctioned peace-keeping, conflict resolution and international humanitarian efforts."
- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 19:18
The Spring Conference of the Scottish National Party unanimously passed a motion against nuclear weapons.
It said: "Conference condemns Westminster’s plan to spend £100 billion on renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Conference believes this is immoral, outdated and a grotesque waste of taxpayers’ money at a time when people in Scotland are dealing with cuts and austerity imposed by the Westminster government. Conference notes that Scottish Labour MPs voted for the renewal of Trident a week after they voted with the Tories for further cuts and more austerity. Conference believes that only a strong group of SNP MPs at Westminster will oppose a new generation of nuclear weapons being dumped on the Clyde."
- Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:27
DAVID Torrance rehashes the hoary distinction between multilateralism and unilateralism beloved of Tory nuclear apologists ("Losing Trident just too big a blow to 'prestige' obsessives", The Herald, March 23).
The indisputable fact remains that no British nuclear weapon has ever been negotiated away at a disarmament conference. They have never even been put on the table. Hence, as Bruce Kent said, "a unilateralist is a multilateralist who means what he says".
- Published on Friday, 13 March 2015 10:39
The Herald have revealed that the Ministry of Defence put pressure on the Smith Commission to protect Trident. Behind the scenes they used their influence to prevent Health and Safety powers from being devolved. They have also restricted how the issue of the Crown Estate is handled.
Arthur West, Scottish CND chair, said: "It is scandalous that the Ministry of Defence have been manoeuvring behind the scenes to influence the Smith Commission. It is quite likely that Health and Safety would have been devolved were it not for their objections. We may have missed the opportunity to improve safety across Scotland, because Whitehall mandarins are addicted to Trident."
During the referendum campaign the MOD were scared that a Yes vote would have been the death knell for Trident (No Place for Trident)
- Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:03
Nicola Stugeon will be one of the speakers at Scotland's Scrap Trident rally in Glasgow on Easter Saturday, 4 April. Other speakers include Patrick Harvie and Labour MP Katy Clark. There will be music from Karine Polwart and Penny Stone.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:48
Scottish CND has welcomed a statement by Stewart Hosie MP on Scotland Tonight. The SNP deputy leader made it clear that any support for a Labour government in a hung parliament would depend on them abandoning their plans for Trident replacement.
John Ainslie of Scottish CND said, "We are glad that Mr Hosie has cleared up this matter. We welcome the SNP's promise not to support any Labour government if it squandered £100 billion on more nuclear weapons."
There had earlier been speculation in the Guardian that the SNP had watered down its stance. However Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, in a reply to the Guardian, "What I actually said is that SNP would NEVER vote for Trident".
- Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:19
A new report from Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute indicates that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) cannot afford to go ahead with the plans to replace Trident, but they are likely to do this anyway. The squeeze on other parts of the defence budget could see regular army numbers declining to 50,000.