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Better Together... with Trident

The Chair of the No campaign thinks that we are Better Together with Trident. But he is wrong.

As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling increased the amount spent each year on nuclear weapons, from £1.7 billion in 2007 to £2 billion in 2010. He funded the project which is building a new nuclear weapon system to replace Trident.

In March 2013 the "Better Together" campaign issued apro-Trident briefing. This said that nuclear weapons are "the ultimate guarantee of our national security". The three political parties which support Better Together are all committed, not just to Trident but to its replacement which will cost £100 billion.

In contrast Dennis Canavan, Chair of Yes Scotland, is a long-term campaigner for nuclear disarmament. He was one of the most vociferous opponents of Trident when he was a Labour MP and he continued this position when an MSP. The political parties which support Yes Scotland are actively campaigning against Trident. The SNP are calling for all nuclear weapons to be withdrawn from Scotland within 4 years of independence (White Paper launch). The Scottish Green Party and Scottish Socialist Party are also speaking out against Trident. Yes Scotland has highlighted how the millions which are wasted on nuclear weapons could be better spent.

Today (Wednesday 18 December) the Daily Record has printed a letter from Brian Quail, under the headline "Vote out this evil". The letter says:

"Katy Clark says Trident is a waste of money. This is true but it is much more. It is the most evil thing that mainkind has ever created. Only independence will free use from this obscenity."

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