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Scottish CND response to recent Terror attacks

The thoughts of Scottish CND are with the families and friends of those who were victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Help support the Global Ban Treaty Negotiations

Talks begin at the United Nations on June 15 to negotiate a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

Most countries in the world support this treaty , which will put an international legal prohibition on nuclear weapons.It will not get rid of nuclear weapons overnight but it will spur long overdue process towards disarmament.

Coverage of this important treaty is almost non-existent in the traditional media.

Scottish CND are asking our members and supporters to use tools like radio phone ins and letters to the press to help publicise this important treaty.

It may also be possible to raise questions with  election candidates at hustings meetings or in letters or e mails to candidates.

You  can get background information which will help in compiling questions for election candidates and the media by checking the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons at www.icanw.org

General election - can we vote against Trident?

The General Election is on Thursday 8th June. Today is your last chance to register to vote. 

When deciding who to vote for Scottish CND are urge you to remember that nuclear weapons are not history and that Scotland could be in the firing line if the UK supported any conflict which involved nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Disarmament in Scotland, NATO and Trump.

Donald Trump will be attending the  NATO summit which takes place on May 24 and May 25 in Brussels.

 

Who opposes Trident Replacement?

If you are planning to raise the subject of Trident replacement with candidates during the General Election campaign you might find the following information useful.

Four of the current party leaders at Westminster voted against Trident replacement. 

• Angus Robertson- SNP 

• Jeremy Corbyn- Labour

• Tim Farron- Lib Dem

• Caroline Lucas - Green 

Only Theresa May, the Conservative leader, voted for Trident replacement. 

As our Chair, Arthur West says,'Thank goodness that the vast majority of Westminster party leaders have the good sense to oppose Trident replacement!'

Defense Diversification meeting and debate at Holyrood 8th February 2017

On the 8th February a debate was held at Holyrood about report on Trident and Jobs recently published by the Jimmy Reid foundation 

The debate was followed by a well attending meeting in the parliament, which was attended by Tom Simpson, GMB member, ex arms industry worker and CND supporter.

Tom writes: 

Labour, Green and Scottish National MSPs joined together at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8th February in support of the Jimmy Reid Foundation call for Trident non renewal and diversification. Many ordinary people were present in the Public gallery and discussed matters later in a committee room with elected representatives.

Wednesday Vigil at Faslane Gates - help needed due to bail conditions

Faslane Peace Camp, Scottish CND and other peace movement groups have maintained a weekly vigil at the main gate at Faslane from 4pm to 5 pm every Wednesday for a number of years.

The vigil involves people standing peacefully with placards and banners as workers leave the base on their way home.

Peace Camp residents usually attend the vigil. However we understand that 3 peace camp residents have recently been banned from attending the vigil due to a pending court case relating to some non violent direct action they have recently been involved in.

This situation leaves the weekly vigil  short handed  - so any Scottish CND members or supporters who can attend the weekly vigil even if only occasionally - would be most welcome.

Brian Quail found Not Guilty

Brian Quail, the pensioner who holds up nuclear warhead convoys in the name of peace was today cleared of a charge of Breach of the Peace.

On 10th March 2016 Brian held up a convoy of lorries carrying nuclear bombs at a pelican crossing in Balloch.  As a result he was charged with Breach of the Peace, for which he was found Not Guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on 9th February 2017.

The verdict was reached after he gave a long and passionate speech, bringing even the clerk of the court close to tears. He explained what convoys are and mentioned a variety of laws, national and international, broken by their presence on our roads. He referred to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and his own ignorance to consequences of these bombs at the time. He went on to talk about the dreadful effects of nuclear testing and referred to the imminent negotiations towards a Global Nuclear Ban Treaty at the UN in New York. He spoke movingly of his personal motivation, not just to protect his family, but all families.

Trident Missile Cover up

Scottish CND have said that the cover up following the failed Trident missile test last year gives considerable cause for concern.
Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said -
It is scandalous that there now appears to be a cover up of this incident. This is sharp contrast to the publicity given to previous tests which we understand have taken place in 1994 , 1995, 1997, 2000,2005, 2009 and 2012.
Arthur West said that Scottish CND are supporting calls from across the Peace Movement for an inquiry into both the incident and the decision not to make the information available to Parliament.
Scottish CND are also asking their members and supporters to contact their MPs and ask them to support this call for an inquiry.

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Some points about Trident Missile Fiasco

Did you know that Britain spends more on the military than Russia?

2016 saw their UK overtake Putin's Russia in defence spending top ten, according to Janes Defence Weekly by way of Bloomberg Markets