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SCND response to Gordon Brown on replacing Trident

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament criticised the Chancellor for support for replacing Trident \"Gordon Brown has pre-empted the debate

Submarine Accidents

On 26 May the Faslane based submarine HMS Superb collided with rocks in the Red Sea 80 miles South of Suez.

US patrols near Cold War tempo

The US Navy is continuing to keep nuclear-armed submarines on patrol at a tempo similar to that maintained during the Cold War.  This has been revealed in a new report from Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists.

Papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show that in 2008 the US Trident fleet conducted 31 nuclear deterrent patrols.  The 1,000 patrol by a Trident submarine was completed on 11 February 2009.

Federation of American Scientist Blog

Reactor explosion at Fukushima

Fukushima reactor explosionSpeaking about the nuclear accident in Japan, John Ainslie (Coordinator of Scottish CND) said: "The explosion at the Fukushima reactor is a sobering reminder of the risks that we face in Scotland from nuclear power and Trident.  This accident comes only days after the Navy admitted that the reactors on British submarines are 'significantly below benchmarked good practice', and weeks before the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  We shouldn't wait until there is a explosion here before we make this country nuclear-free". Video of Fukushima reactor explosion.

Scottish CND supports YES campaign

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, after a lively debate at its annual conference on Saturday 17 November, agreed to support the YES campaign. The resolution which was adopted says,

“Conference urges all members to give priority to the campaign for a 'YES vote' in the 2014 Independence Referendum which will give the Scottish Government a mandate to negotiate a written constitution with a clause on No Nuclear Weapons in Scotland.

“Conference resolves that SCND affiliates to and promotes the “Yes” Campaign as the most immediate and effective way of getting rid of Trident.”

Nuclear Ban - Citizen's signing ceremony

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signing on 20 September 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This was a historic moment, when heads of states and foreign ministers gathered in New York for official signatures on this groundbreaking treaty. More than 50 countries signed in the first 8 hours. 

As the UK is against this international initiative, Scotland wanted to show solidarity and support for the ban treaty and organised its own Citizens Signing Ceremony in front of the Scottish Parliament. Many MSPs signed, along with campaigners, tourists from all parts of the word or local people passing by the parliament. 

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SCND campaigning plans for 2018

As we start a New Year Scottish CND is working on ideas to continue the struggle to rid our country and our world if the scourge of nuclear weapons.
Our plans for 2018 include the organisation of a national Rally at the Faslane Nuclear Weapons Base on Saturday September 22nd. This Rally will be preceded by a March from the Faslane Peace Campaign just outside Helensburgh to the base.
It is expected that representatives from peace movements in various parts of the world will speak at the Rally. An invite is also being sent to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to speak at the Rally.

One of the main themes  of the March and Rally will be the continuing campaign to get scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system which is housed at Faslane. These weapons of mass destruction cost millions of pounds to maintain and this is money badly needed for investment in public services such as health and education. However the March and Rally will also highlight the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which was passed at a special session of the United Nations in July 2017.
This ground breaking and historical treaty was supported by 122 countries .
The treaty opened for signature on September 20th 2017 and will remain open for all states to sign and ratify. Unfortunately the UK Government has shown no signs of recognising the treaty.
However despite this lack of interest from the UK Government the treaty has a very good chance of becoming part of international law in the not too distant future. Basically when 50 countries sign and ratify the treaty it becomes part of international law. It will then be binding on those countries not to develop,test,acquire or threaten to use nuclear weapons.

Scottish CND are confident that as support for the treaty develops it will have a practical and political impact on the UK Government .If the treaty becomes law it will put nuclear weapons possession clearly beyond the pale. It will also reduce the status or political value attached to these weapons.
As well as the March and Rally Scottish CND is also planning to organise a number of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of CND.
These plans include:

  • A summer full of outreach activities, street work and stalls at festivals across Scotland "The Nuclear Ban Tour"
  • The development of a mobile exhibition called Scotland - a Peace of History. This exhibition will look at the Scottish journey of CND and the wider peace movement. It is hoped to launch the exhibition in Autumn 2018 and encourage local groups, schools and other supporter organisations to take the exhibition to various places across Scotland .
  • Peace Education Scotland which is the educational arm of Scottish CND are organising a Youth Peace Campaigning Academy for more than 100 young people. This exciting project will take place in Glasgow in July 2018 and will involve a 3 day programme on all aspects of campaigning work. Sessions will cover issues such as communications tactics, grassroots empowerment and digital engagement.

Nuclear Waste Storage Costs Escalate

leftPlans to store nuclear waste have hit a snag with the need of  another waste repository involving a massive escalation in cost.

Ministers insist they still expect only one high-level geological disposal facility (GDF) will be needed at a possible cost of �12bn but a discussion paper produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicates a second cannot be ruled out.

Obama on nuclear weapons

In his inauguration speech on 20 January President Barack Obama said:


"With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat"


Scottish CND Chair Alan Mackinnon has written two articles on the impact the new administration could have on nuclear disarmament.

A Seismic Shift

Georgia showed the limits of US power and the beginning of a new multi-polar world. What happened next will be seen as a key moment in world history which changed the entire geo-strategic balance.