- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2015 09:36
Writing in the Sunday Herald, Rob Edwards outlines how Trident was a major issue in 2015 and how the vote on renewing Britain's nuclear weapons in 2016 could test the Union to breaking point. He describes how the MOD are spending £4.2 billion on new nuclear-armed submarines before the formal decision has been taken by Westminster. Whistleblower William McNeilly described Trident as a "disaster waiting to happen". His concerns were compounded by official reports showing a sharp rise in incidents at Faslane and how a shortage of key staff was the major risk to the safety of the defence nuclear programme.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:44
A new poll for TNS confirms Scottish opposition to Trident. It asked "Do you support or oppose the UK Government replacing the existing Trident nuclear weapon system with a new nuclear weapon system?" The results were: oppose 38%, support 29%, neither 26%, don't know 7%. Opposition to Trident was strongest in the under 55 age groups (41-42%) and weakest in the over 55 age group (32%). In the 16-24 age group there was little support for Trident (17%) and significant opposition (37%), but also a large number who neither supported nor opposed (40%). There was less support for Trident among women (21%) than men (38%).
Other polls have shown a higher level of opposition, up to 80%, when the cost involved is included in the question.
Previous attempts to argue that most people in Scotland support Trident have been misleading. (source) They were based on giving three options in a poll, including a cheaper/less powerful alternative which is not on the table, and then combining two of the options. Scottish polls in recent years which have asked a straight question have all found that there are significantly more opposed to Trident than support it.
- Published on Monday, 14 December 2015 11:08
Two articles in the Financial Times provide a new insight into the problems facing the Government’s plan to renew Trident. Both are written by Peggy Hollinger, the paper’s Industry Editor. The front page of the paper says that the Cabinet are considering nationalising the nuclear submarine part of Rolls Royce. The company has issued five profit warnings in two years and there are fears of a foreign take over. Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne said the government was “concerned that Rolls Royce ... is capable of performing its nuclear obligations”.
- Published on Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:27
In the light of the Labour Party's abstention in the Trident debate on 24 November, Scottish CND has sent the message below to Jeremy Corbyn.
We are surprised to hear that you abstained in the vote against the renewal of Trident, and we are unhappy that the Labour Party decided to adopt a policy of abstaining on this key moral issue. We have been contacted by a large number of our members concerned about this apparent reversal of your previous position. We are writing to you to give you the opportunity to respond to these concerns.
- Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:47
The contrast between views on Trident in Scotland and the rest of the UK are likely to be highlighted today. 95% of Scotland's MP are expected to vote against Trident renewal in a House of Commons debate. The motion says "That this House believes that Trident should not be renewed". Most Labour MPs are expected to abstain or not be present. A small number have indicated that they will vote with the Tories for Trident.
Shadow Chancellor John Macdonnell has urged his Labour colleagues to abstain on what he has told the press is an "SNP stunt". This is despite the fact that he and the new leader Jeremy Corbyn were amongst a handful of Labour MPs who voted for a similar SNP motion on 20 January this year.
Far from being a "stunt" the debate is a well-timed opportunity to tackle the issue of Trident the day after David Cameron announced that the initial manufacturing costs of Trident had risen from £25 billion to £41 billion and that the new submarines, which had been expected to enter service in 2028, would not now be operational until "the early 2030s". Earlier this year it was revealed that there were major problems in the MOD's management of the defence nuclear programme, following a review led by Jon Thompson, Permanent Secretary at the MOD, and Air Vice Marshall Stuart Peach. Thompson said that Trident was a "biggest financial risk we face in future". It was a "monster" which kept him awake at night (Guardian).
- Published on Sunday, 15 November 2015 13:44
- Published on Friday, 13 November 2015 11:58
We have just launched a new declaration calling on David Cameron to Respect Scotland and Scrap Trident.
Sign our petition online, or at one of stalls.
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We call on the UK Prime Minister to respect the democratic will of the people of Scotland and cancel the £167 billion plan to renew Trident.