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SSP Peace Spokesperson Fined for Anti-Trident Action

Trident Ploughshares Press Release In Helensburgh District Court Morag Balfour, the peace and disarmament spokesperson for the Scottish Socialist p arty, was fined and given a compensation order for painting peace slogans at the main gate of the Royal Navy Armament Depot at Coulport on Loch Long. Morag, (32), from Glenrothes, was arrested on 7th September last year after painting peace slogans, such as “Jesus Hates Bombs” on bollards at the base, where nuclear warheads are stored and loaded on to Trident submarines. Her painting was one of a number of similar actions at the Clyde nuclear bases last September, during the Trident Ploughshares disarmament camp, aimed at exposing the illegal activity going on there. Morag, a member of the Iona Community, argued that Trident is incompatible with a true understanding of Christianity. Quoting a section of the Community’s statement of commitment to justice and peace she said: “The use or threatened use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is theologically and morally indefensible and opposition to their existence is an imperative of the Christian faith.” Justice of the Peace John Macphail found her guilty and fined her £50, with a compensation order of £53.89.