- Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:35
The case of the Trident Whistleblower, William McNeil, was raised in First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon called on the UK government to carry out a thorough investigation into the allegations and said that the only way to remove the risk of a nuclear incident was to withdraw Trident.
Shortly after she spoke a nuclear weapons' convoy drove on the Edinburgh by-pass on its return trip from Coulport to Burghfield. It had travelled to Scotland on Monday. On both trips it passed through Stirling.
- Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:41
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- Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:36
Scottish CND sent an official message to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon MP to find out:
1. Where Mr McNeilly is currently being held
2. If he has appropriate access to legal help and advice
3. If the safety issues raised by Mr McNeilly will be fully investigated and the results of that investigation will be publicly shared
There is a petition gathering support for his case here. Please sign it.
- Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 20:31
Below is a list of 47 major incidents and problems on British nuclear po
wered submarines. This list is not comprehensive as many events are still not in the public domain.
- Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 14:42
We have created an official petition to support the Trident whistleblower, William McNeilly. Please sign it here - Change.
"We support the Trident whistleblower, William McNeilly. He should be commended for exposing the poor safety standards on nuclear submarines and not persecuted. The only way to remove this danger is to scrap Trident.
Scottish CND has worked with the journalist Rob Edwards to put McNeilly's report in the public domain." Find out more
- Published on Sunday, 17 May 2015 08:02
A serving submariner has given a damning account of life onboard a Trident submarine earlier this year, describing the vessels as “a disaster waiting to happen”. William McNeilly was training to work on the Trident nuclear weapons system. He was on HMS Victorious during a three-month operational patrol which ended in April. He has published a detailed account of technical defects, security breaches and poor safety practice. The Navy has written down detailed procedures for safety and security with regard to Trident. McNeilly reveals that these rules are casually ignored on a daily basis. His account was reported by Rob Edwards in the Sunday Herald. The editorial in the paper argues that the whistleblowers report should spell the death knell for Trident.
John Ainslie, Coordinator of Scottish CND, said:
"McNeilly is a whistleblower who has revealed that there is a callous disregard for safety and security onboard Trident submarines. He should be commended for his action, not hounded by the Ministry of Defence. He has exposed the fact that Trident is a catastrophe waiting to happen - by accident, an act of terrorism or sabotage. We are told that nuclear weapons keep us safe. This report shows that Trident puts us all in great danger. McNeilly’s report would make a good script for a disaster movie. Alarms warnings are muted, safety regulations ignored, shortcuts taken, exam results falsified and major defects overlooked. What he says is credible. Official reports show that the number of safety incidents is very high and rising. McNeilly reveals what this actually means in practice."
- Published on Friday, 08 May 2015 10:22
Scottish CND welcomed the dramatic result of the election in Scotland. The voters rejected MPs who supported Trident.
John Ainslie, Coordinator of Scottish CND said
"The election result is not just a victory for the SNP, it is also a breakthrough for the campaign against Trident. There are now only 2 Scottish MPs who support nuclear weapons. If David Cameron wants to respect those who live North of the border then he should abandon the plan for new Weapons of Mass Destruction. Renewing Trident will be like putting two fingers up to the people of Scotland."