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Where Does Your Candidate Stand?

    

Click to view candidates who support: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons | the Manifesto for Peace

On this page, you will find a list of candidates who have confirmed their support for the Manifesto for Peace, published by CAAT Scotland, Pax Christi Scotland and Scottish CND.

We are also asking candidates to show their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by agreeing to sign the ICAN Parliamentarians' Pledge if they are elected. Candidates who have agreed to do so are listed here too (please scroll down). To take action:

If you are a candidate in the Election or you have heard directly from an Election candidate who confirms their support for a nuclear-free, peaceful Scotland, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know. We will keep an updated list of supportive candidates here. (NB: This list will be updated at least once a week from 25 March to 5 May 2021. If you think there is missing or incorrect information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

(Most recent update: 12 noon on Tuesday 13 April 2021)

Go straight to candidates who support: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons | the Manifesto for Peace

 

Candidates who support the Nuclear Ban (TPNW) (in alphabetical order)

CandidatePartyAreaSupports Nuclear Ban (TPNW)How do we know this?
ADAM, George Scottish National Party (SNP) Paisley
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
ADAMSON, Clare Scottish National Party (SNP) Motherwell and Wishaw
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
ALLAN, Alasdair Scottish National Party (SNP) Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
ARTHUR, Tom Scottish National Party (SNP) Renfrewshire South
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
BARLOW, Peter Scottish Greens South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
BEAMISH, Claudia Scottish Labour Party South Scotland region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
BEATTIE, Colin Scottish National Party (SNP) Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
BOOTH, Bradley Scottish Greens North East region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
BROWN, Keith Scottish National Party (SNP) Mid Scotland and Fife
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
BURGESS, Ariane Scottish Greens Highland & Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
CALLAGHAN, Stephanie Scottish National Party (SNP) Uddingston and Bellshill
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
CARROLL, Anthony Scottish Greens Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
COCKBURN, Emma Scottish Greens Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
COFFEY, Willie Scottish National Party (SNP) Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
COLLINS, Ross Scottish Greens West Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
CONSTANCE, Angela Scottish National Party (SNP) Almond Valley
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
DENHAM, Ash Scottish National Party (SNP) Edinburgh Eastern
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
DEY, Graeme Scottish National Party (SNP) Angus South
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
DORIS, Bob Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
DORNAN, James Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow Cathcart
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
DUNDAS, Charles Liberal Democrats Midlothian North and Musselburgh
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
EWING, Annabelle Scottish National Party (SNP) Cowdenbeath
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
EWING, Fergus Scottish National Party (SNP) Inverness and Nairn
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
FITZPATRICK, Joe Scottish National Party (SNP) Dundee City West
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
FORBES, Kate Scottish National Party (SNP) Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
GIBSON, Kenneth Scottish National Party (SNP) West Scotland
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
GILRUTH, Jenny Scottish National Party (SNP) Mid Fife and Glenrothes
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
GOUGEON, Mairi Scottish National Party (SNP) Angus North and Mearns
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
GRAHAME, Christine Scottish National Party (SNP) Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
GREER, Ross Scottish Greens West Scotland
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
HALFPENNY, Jim Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition West Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HARPER, Emma Scottish National Party (SNP) Galloway and West Dumfries
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
HARVIE, Barbra Scottish Greens Ettrick, Roxburgh & Selkirk
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HARVIE, Patrick Scottish Greens Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
HAUGHEY, Clare Scottish National Party (SNP) Rutherglen
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
HEPBURN, Jamie Scottish National Party (SNP) Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
HUNTER, Johnnie Communist Party Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HYSLOP, Fiona Scottish National Party (SNP) Linlithgow
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
INGERSON, Guy Scottish Greens Aberdeen Central
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
JAMEEL, Tahir Liberal Democrats Eastwood
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
JOHNSON, Daniel Scottish Labour Party Lothian region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
JOHNSTONE, Alison Scottish Greens Edinburgh Central
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
KIDD, Bill Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
LOCHHEAD, Richard Scottish National Party (SNP) Moray
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MACDONALD, Gordon Scottish National Party (SNP) Edinburgh Pentlands
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MACGREGOR, Fulton Scottish National Party (SNP) Central Scotland
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MACKAY, Rona Scottish National Party (SNP) Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MACPHERSON, Ben Scottish National Party (SNP) Edinburgh North & Leith
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MAGUIRE, Ruth Scottish National Party (SNP) Cunninghame South
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MARTIN, Gillian Scottish National Party (SNP) Aberdeenshire East
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MASON, John Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow Shettleston
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MATHESON, Michael Scottish National Party (SNP) Falkirk West
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MCALEER, Patrick Scottish Greens Central Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MCALPINE, Joan Scottish National Party (SNP) South Scotland
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MCKEE, Ivan Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MCKELVIE, Christina Scottish National Party (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MCLENNAN, Paul Scottish National Party (SNP) South Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MCMILLAN, Stuart Scottish National Party (SNP) Greenock and Inverclyde
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
MOODIE, Laura Scottish Greens Dumfries & Galloway
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MUIR, Andrew Independent candidate Dumbarton
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
NEVENS, Kate Scottish Greens Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
ROBERTSON, Sean Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition Highlands & Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
ROBISON, Shona Scottish National Party (SNP) Dundee City East
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
RUSKELL, Mark Scottish Greens Mid Scotland and Fife
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
SMITH, Brian Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
SOMERVILLE, Shirley-Anne Scottish National Party (SNP) Dunfermline
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
STANIFORTH, Alex Scottish Greens Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
STEVENSON, Collette Scottish National Party (SNP) East Kilbride
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
STEWART, Kevin Scottish National Party (SNP) Aberdeen Central
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
STURGEON, Nicola Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
SWINNEY, John Scottish National Party (SNP) Perthshire North
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
THOMAS, Anne Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
THOMSON, Michelle Scottish National Party (SNP) Falkirk East
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
TODD, Maree Scottish National Party (SNP) Highlands & Islands
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
TORRANCE, David Scottish National Party (SNP) Kirkcaldy
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
TORRANCE, Debra Scottish National Party (SNP) West Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
VILLALBA, Mercedes Scottish Labour Party Dundee City West
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
WHEELHOUSE, Paul Scottish National Party (SNP) Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
WIGHTMAN, Andy Independent candidate Highlands & Islands
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
WILKINSON, Ruth Women's Equality Party Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
YOUSAF, Humza Scottish National Party (SNP) Glasgow Pollok
Yes
Candidate has signed ICAN Pledge
         
         
         

 

Candidates who support the Manifesto for Peace (in alphabetical order)

CandidatePartyAreaSupports Manifesto for PeaceHow do we know this?
BARLOW, Peter Scottish Greens South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
BOOTH, Bradley Scottish Greens North East region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
BURGESS, Ariane Scottish Greens Highland & Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
CARROLL, Anthony Scottish Greens Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
COCKBURN, Emma Scottish Greens Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
COLLINS, Ross Scottish Greens West Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
DUNBAR, Jackie Scottish National Party (SNP) Aberdeen Donside
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
DUNDAS, Charles Liberal Democrats Midlothian North and Musselburgh
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HALFPENNY, Jim Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition West Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HARVIE, Barbra Scottish Greens Ettrick, Roxburgh & Selkirk
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
HUNTER, Johnnie Communist Party Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
INGERSON, Guy Scottish Greens Aberdeen Central
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
JAMEEL, Tahir Liberal Democrats Eastwood
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MACKAY, Rona Scottish National Party (SNP) Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MCALEER, Patrick Scottish Greens Central Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MCLENNAN, Paul Scottish National Party (SNP) South Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MOODIE, Laura Scottish Greens Dumfries & Galloway
South Scotland
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
MUIR, Andrew Independent candidate Dumbarton
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
NEVENS, Kate Scottish Greens Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
ROBERTSON, Sean Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition Highlands & Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
SLATER, Lorna Scottish Greens Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
SMITH, Brian Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
STANIFORTH, Alex Scottish Greens Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
STEVENSON, Collette Scottish National Party (SNP) East Kilbride
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
THOMAS, Anne Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
TORRANCE, Debra Scottish National Party (SNP) West Scotland region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
VILLALBA, Mercedes Scottish Labour Party Dundee City West
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
WADDELL, Matthew Communist Party Lothian region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
WILKINSON, Ruth Women's Equality Party Glasgow region
Yes
Candidate contacted us directly
         
         

 

 

What Can I Do?

 

The UK Government has just announced that it intends to massively increase its nuclear weapons stockpile, walking away from its international obligations and adding to an already-catastrophic threat to humankind.

To add further insult, this comes only two weeks after we marked Marshall Islands’ Day of Remembrance: mourning the deep damage done by nuclear weapons ‘testing’ to our fellow humans and to our planet. The Prime Minister’s hubristic, dangerous and shameful announcement shows how little we have learnt from the terrible errors of our past.

Join us

If you want to be part of a movement standing shoulder-to-shoulder for an end to nuclear weapons in Scotland and in the world, join us today. Help us to work for an end to weapons of mass murder and destruction.

Use your vote

The Scottish Elections take place on 6 May 2021. If the UK Government is determined to escalate its commitment to nuclear weapons, it is imperative that our commitment to nuclear disarmament should be even stronger, even louder, even clearer. We want to make sure that every candidate for this Election hears the message: #NukesAreMyRedLine. We will not be voting for any candidate who is not prepared to make nuclear disarmament a priority.

If you agree, please share our Election resources, come along to our Peace Hustings, spread the word among your friends and family, and above all, use your vote wisely.

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UK DROPS “STEP-BY-STEP” NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

 

Campaigners have reacted with distress and anger at the news that the UK has decided to increase the number of nuclear bombs it deploys and stockpiles by 40%.

In the last two decades the UK has gradually reduced the number of warheads to around 180, claiming the reduction as a sign of a good intention to fulfil its obligation under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to take genuine steps towards disarmament. Critics have pointed out that reducing the number of nuclear bombs to a point where you are still able to inflict devastation at over a thousand times that unleashed on Hiroshima 75 years ago, and at the same time modernising the system, is not a genuine step towards disarmament.

Now the UK will in fact increase the number of warheads to 260, a move at odds its policy hitherto of claiming to regard the NPT as the “cornerstone” of the global disarmament framework.

Scottish CND Chair Lynn Jamieson said:

“What neo-colonial delusions and swaggering machismo goes from building ‘a better Britain’ to investment in more nuclear weapons -good for agonising mass death and poisoning for all living things but nothing else. Forget the old think of ‘deterrence’ the majority world is moving on. Commitment to more nuclear weapons is dangerous nose-thumbing at the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which some state actors regard as potentially dovetailing with the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Rather than negotiations towards cessation of the nuclear arms race as the NPT requests, our government is starting its own. The climate emergency, the pandemic and the Brexit catastrophe require a focus on real security achieved by reducing inequalities and working to heal environmental and social harms – nuclear weapons are the antithesis.”

Following this news and as the Scottish parliamentary election looms, the rift between Westminster and the Scottish Government in regard to the UK's WMD arsenal is set to widen. When the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force as international law on the 22nd of January Scotland's First Minister said: “While the Scottish Government is unable to become a Party to the Treaty, as First Minister I strongly support the principles of the Treaty and the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. An independent Scotland would be a keen signatory and I hope the day we can do that is not far off.”

 #NukesAreMyRedLine

 

MORE WMD FOR THE UK AS SCOTTISH ELECTION LOOMS

For years the UK has been arguing that the gradual decrease in the numbers of nuclear bombs it has (both deployed and stockpiled) is a sure sign of its good intention to fulfil its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). That has always been a specious argument. To fulfil Article VI of the NPT nuclear armed states must take genuine steps towards disarmament. Reducing the number of nuclear bombs to a point where you are still able to inflict devastation at over a thousand times that unleashed on Hiroshima 75 years ago, and at the same time modernising your system to make it a more effective mass killer, is not a genuine step, to put it rather mildly. It is planning for genocide-lite. At the same time, in a further breach of the NPT, the UK has been actively collaborating with another nuclear-armed state, the US, at scientific and technical level. And while the modernisation is going on, the UK is sneering at the nuclear ban treaty (TPNW) and says that the NPT is “the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and provides the essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament.” Thus far we are talking about a sleazy attempt to pull the wool, worthy of tobacco companies punting the health-giving qualities of the weed.

Now the mask has dropped. If the predictions are true, this week the UK will announce its intention to increase the number of nuclear bombs it possesses. It is not only foolish - it is extremely dangerous. It demonstrates again that we cannot rely on fluctuating arms control to save us from nuclear disaster – only compete elimination will do – hence the TPNW.

We have a Scottish election in just a few weeks time. It is vital that the nuclear menace and the Nuclear Ban Treaty are high on the agenda. That's the task.

Marking Marshall Islands' Day of Remembrance

On Monday 1 March, Scottish CND supporters and friends of the Marshall Islands gathered to mark the Marshall Islands' Day of Remembrance for the victims and survivors of nuclear tests.

The legacy of nuclear testing is a long and bitter one. The Marshall Islands, especially, have borne the brunt of 67 nuclear tests, carrying the scars of those tests on their bodies and on their lands. We heard stories and reflections on courage in the face of the most brutal adversity, and of a long and still-unanswered cry for justice. The recommendations of a UN Special Rapporteur's 2012 report on the impact of nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands have not been addressed by the international community, almost a decade after they were first set out.

Scottish Elections

    

What will I find on this page?

This page starts with Scottish CND's objectives for the Election: the issues that we hope all candidates will endorse, and that we are asking the next Scottish government and parliament to treat as a priority.

If you are a supporter of Scottish CND, we ask you to raise these issues with your candidates and to encourage them to take a stand in support of outlawing nuclear weapons.

If you scroll down further, you will find events and materials to support you in your campaigning. This includes:

If you are standing in this election and want to show your support for nuclear disarmament, we also have a range of graphics that you can use on your social media, which are available at the end of this page.

What do we stand for? Scottish CND is primarily a single issue campaign, with the aim of nuclear disarmament for the UK and the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world. We are not party political.

Our Campaign is waged in the context of the climate emergency and the toxic politics of racism and exploitation, exposing deep links between these and the existential threat of nuclear weapons. We reject claims to political leadership which are founded on a willingness to use weapons of mass destruction that could obliterate all human life.

We aim to ensure that theTreaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – and the opportunity it gives Scotland to pursue nuclear disarmament at home and in the world – is high on the election agenda.

Our Campaign is of the view that Scotland can best take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and can most quickly disarm the UK's nuclear arsenal in Scotland, as an independent nation with full autonomy over its international commitments, its territory and its political priorities.

Nuclear weapons are a threat like none other to human survival. The majority of all Scottish people, of all political backgrounds, strongly oppose their existence and their presence on Scottish soil. We therefore call on the next Scottish Government to make an unambiguous and comprehensive commitment to nuclear disarmament.

We ask each candidate contesting the Scottish Election to:

·         Commit specifically to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to outlawing nuclear weapons; and

 ·         Commit to disarming the UK's nuclear arsenal in Scotland by the most direct route possible;

 And to:

 ·         Speak out publicly, and commit to sign the ICAN Parliamentarians' Pledge if they are elected.

Find out more below about how you can hold your candidates to account at this Election. Sign up for our events, download posters and leaflets, and access a range of briefings on important nuclear issues for Scotland.

 

Election Events

 

Election briefing: watch our briefing again on Youtube and download the slides here

Election drop-ins for Scottish CND supporters - weekly
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Nuclear Convoys - Thursday 15 April at 7.30pm (BST)
Book online now

Scottish Peace Hustings - Monday 26 April at 7pm (BST)
Register via Eventbrite

 

How can I find and contact my candidates? Use a site like WhoCanIVoteFor.co.uk and find the Scottish Election pages:

  • Click here for the Scottish Constituencies. If you know your constituency, you can click on it and find your candidates. Otherwise, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your postcode, and it will find your constituency for you.
  • Click here for the Scottish Regions. If you know your region, you can click on it and find your candidates. Otherwise, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your postcode, and it will find your region for you.

Is there another way to contact my candidates? Yes, you can use this web tool to contact your candidates and ask them to support our Manifesto for Peace and endorse the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The tool includes suggested text for a message to your candidates, but you can personalise this to explain why it matters to you.

What should I ask my candidates? If you have an opportunity to speak to your candidates by email or at hustings, we encourage you to find out where they stand on outlawing nuclear weapons. If you want to dig deeper, why not use our cribsheet of questions for candidates, or take inspiration from the Manifesto for Peace.


How do I know where my candidates stand? We have put together lists of candidates who have said that they will sign the ICAN Parliamentarians' Pledge if elected, and who endorse the Manifesto for Peace. The full list is available here, and will be updated at least once a week.

  Contact your Candidates

 


Download the Manifesto for Peace headlines

Download our Manifesto for Peace: #NukesAreMyRedLine leaflet (coming soon)

Download and print our campaign posters:


Add our twibbon to your social media profile, or download a temporary profile picture (click to view full size):

     

Download graphics to use on social media (these are the right size for a Twitter banner):

   

     

Download and print our Parliamentarians' Pledge postcard:

 

 

We are putting together a series of short briefings for campaigners who want to engage in challenging conversations, or have a bit more background to some of the key questions at this Election. Click here to download our Campaigners' Briefing, including:

  • An introduction to Nuclear Weapons in Scotland
  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Weapons and the Space Hub(s)
  • Nuclear Convoys: A Public Health Risk on Scottish Roads
  • Twin Threats: Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change

 

 

 


If you are a candidate in the 2021 Scottish Elections, we would love to celebrate your support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and for our Manifesto for Peace. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know where you stand. Candidates who have expressed support are listed here.

If you would like to make your support known publicly, please feel free to download and share our social media graphics.

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Scottish CND is proud to be an ICAN Partner in Scotland, and to work in partnership with organisations across the Scottish peace movement. We respect that each organisation has its own independent aims and priorities, and that there can be legitimate debate on how best we achieve our goals, but we are proud to campaign together on shared objectives.

 

Tribute to Kenneth McNeil

 

It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to our dearest lifelong CND supporter Kenneth McNeil. He was active since our formation and had a pivotal role in the nuclear disarmament and wider Scottish peace movement.

Isobel Lindsay - current vice chair of Scottish CND said:

"Kenneth had a continuous role in SCND from its formation until his death. I met him first around the 1960’s when he was on the SCND executive - never flamboyant, always steady, determined, consistent and principled.

I was not involved as an executive member through the seventies and eighties although active in campaigns because of my other commitments.

Sometime during the 1990’s Kenneth phoned me and asked if I would go on the executive because he was very worried about personality tensions which he felt were undermining the organisation. It was typical of him to try to find positive ways to resolve problems.

It did not sound like a very attractive invitation but knowing Kenneth’s dedication, I felt I could not say no. He is one of the movement’s quiet heroes."

Labour Dig Themselves Deeper Into The Nuclear Hole

This week, in his speech to the UN about the climate emergency, David Attenborough said:

Perhaps most significant lesson brought by these 12 months has been that we are no longer separate nations, each best served by looking after its own needs and security. We are a single global species whose greatest threats are shared and whose security must ultimately come from acting together, in the interests of us all.”

Compare this realism with the latest line from UK Labour and its shadow defence secretary John Healey, that Labour's support for keeping the UK's nuclear weapons is "non-negotiable". This is a switch from the tone of recent times in which the issue might have only arisen when the question was asked. In contrast Healey's pitch is proactive – it's aim is to prove beyond doubt Labour's virility - a macho commitment to establish beyond question its readiness to put aside all squeamishness in regard to preparations for the slaughter of vast numbers of innocent civilians. And where is Scottish Labour in all this?

It is utterly depressing that in the UK both the governing party and the official opposition are digging themselves ever deeper into a backward and ignorant hole. The threats we face are of such a nature that the choice facing us is peaceful global collaboration or global ruin. UK policy is indeed to amplify and refine one of these threats – the risk of catastrophic nuclear war. Against such rank stupidity stands the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – the call of the world for the complete elimination of that risk.

Challenging NATO

Important reading. NATO WATCH has published Peace research perspectives on NATO 2030: A response to the official NATO Reflection Group – a collection of essays from a group of leading peace researchers, academics and civil society practitioners, among them Ray Acheson, Martin Butcher and Paul Ingram.

In his introductory essay Ian Davis says:

This direction of travel is hardly surprising given that the ten experts that wrote the NATO report represent what might broadly be described as the so-called realist paradigm: a worldview that emphasises the role of the state, national interest and military power in world politics.”

and

In contrast to the NATO report, the essays in this volume are written by a group of leading peace researchers, academics and civil society practitioners who broadly fall within a human security paradigm: a worldview in which the focus shifts from the state to a ‘human–centric’ vision.”

It is of course this human-centric vision that has led to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which has subverted the convention security approach of the nuclear-armed states and put in place instead a focus on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in the past, present and future alongside a realistic response to the appalling and ever-present risks of so-called “deterrence”.

It should now be obvious to all that the selfish interests of a nation or a block of nations backed by military power has nothing to offer in response to the breath-taking challenges facing the whole planet. We have to wise up, and quickly.

Listen Again

If you missed an event, don't worry! Most of our online events are being recorded, and we're pleased to be able to share them with you. Listen Again via the links below to catch up with a wonderful menu of speakers, music, poetry and activism. Visit our Events page to see what's coming up next!


Speakers address the Scottish CND AGM
21 November 2020
Listen again here

 

Aberdeen CND Poetry & Peace Party
3 January 2021
Listen again here

 

IndyLive Radio - Glasgow CND interview on the Nuclear Ban Treaty
22 January 2021
Listen again here

 

Scottish CND's Year Ahead
27 January 2021
Listen again here

 

Beyond Nuclear Conference
31 January 2021
Listen again - Morning Session
Listen again - Afternoon Session

 

Marshall Islands' Day of Remembrance
1 March 2021
Listen again here

  

10 Years on From Fukushima: Lessons for Here and Now
11 March 2021
Listen again here

 

IndyLive Radio - Women Challenging Nuclear Weapons (Jean Anderson)
8 March 2021
Listen again here

 

For more videos, events and resources, please see Scottish CND's Youtube channel.