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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)

Scottish Peace Hustings - Monday 26 April at 7pm (BST)
Watch again here

 

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. You can also find out what each of the political Parties has to say about nuclear weapons by checking out our Manifesto Analysis, which we'll keep updated as new manifestos are released.

  Contact your Candidates  

 


Download the Manifesto for Peace headlines

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.

What's happening in 2021

2021 is a pivotal year for the nuclear disarmament campaign, and we want to make it as easy as possible for our members and supporters to get involved. To find out more about what's happening, and how you can be part of it, listen back to our Year Ahead presentation here:

 

 

Download the slides and transcript here (or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like a copy, or need a more accessible version than this). And please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have ideas or suggestions, or would like to get involved!

Dr Strangelove is Alive and Well

 

The Washington Post reports that one Charles Richard, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (AKA Nuclear Strike Force) has just said:

There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons, if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state. . . The Pentagon must shift from a principal assumption that nuclear weapons’ use is nearly impossible to nuclear employment is a very real possibility”

It is fairly clear that the main target of this unhinged outburst is the new man in the White House. Biden will be considering what they call the “nuclear posture” and the Pentagon will want to apply as much direct and indirect pressure as possible to ensure that the US modernisation surge initiated by Obama continues unhindered. The positive moves on the START treaty will worry them. The generals will also be aware of the the new factor in the mix – the entry into force last month of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – and the possibility that Biden may take into account that blow to the global reputational status of nuclear weapons. And the Washington Post offers nothing to counter the claim about Russian and China aggression.

There are of course other audiences for this irresponsible bluster in the rival nuclear-armed states, including parallel generals with similarly dangerous delusions. This is how wars begin. Like the infantile macho face-to-face of prizefighters it is all about escalation after escalation until no-one knows how to put the brakes on and we are all in the ditch.

This is the essence of so-called deterrence doctrine. It is a permanently unstable stance on a slippery slope to catastrophe. It is the readiness to commit the most appalling war crimes. And for us mere voters in the governmental game, if you back a party or a candidate who approves the foul doctrine, you are playing your own little part for inhumanity.

 

 

New START Treaty extension

On 26 January, the United States and Russia agreed to extend, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five additional years.

This bilateral treaty was signed in 2010 to limit the nuclear arsenals of these two countries. Under Trump’s administration, there was little progress to extend it.

Scottish CND welcomes this start of the new US administration, but additional steps will be needed to make progress on disarmament. Throughout the time of the New START agreement Russia and the United States have spent billions each year to build new nuclear weapons systems, but since the international community has negotiated, adopted and brought into force a treaty (the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - TPNW) banning nuclear weapons.

Staying at the current nuclear weapons levels is not enough to protect the world from their catastrophic threats. With the New START quickly extended and the TPNW in force, the groundwork has been paved for significant disarmament advances in the coming four years. The nine nuclear-armed states have no excuses not to walk that path. Russia, the United States and all nuclear-armed nations must take active steps to move towards compliance with this international treaty and join it.

Quiz: What does the Nuclear Ban mean for us?

 

Deadline extended! The quiz is open for entries until 31 March 2021.

Learn more about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and be in with a chance to win exciting prizes to celebrate the Entry into Force of this landmark Treaty!

Take part in Scottish CND’s Nuclear Ban quiz here.

The top prize includes an opportunity (as soon as Covid restrictions allow) to have your photograph taken with the Nobel Peace Prize Medal which was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2017 in Oslo for its contribution to the Treaty.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. In the event of a tie, top-scoring quizzes will be entered into a draw for prizes. All entrants will also receive a copy of the Treaty and an ICAN badge.

For this quiz, research is not cheating! Please feel free to search the internet or make use of these fantastic resources to find out more about the Treaty and how it can help us to build a nuclear-free world at last:

To get inspired, learn about the history of the Treaty at: https://www.icanw.org/

Discover the Treaty itself: https://www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/nuclear/tpnw/

Learn more about the Scottish context at: https://www.nuclearban.scot/

Find out more about Scottish CND and join us at: http://www.banthebomb.org/ - and don't forget to look out for the completed answers on our website from March 2021!

This quiz is now open until 31 March 2021 (deadline extended!). One entry per person.

Get started now!

 

The Ban is Here!

It's here! At long last, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force today. The bomb is banned.

Join us throughout the day to celebrate!

From 11am to 1.30pm - peace and disarmament campaigners across Scotland and the UK will be taking part in a Twitter storm to raise awareness of the Treaty. Find out more and join in here.

At 12 noon - bells will be ringing out across the nation to celebrate Entry into Force. Join in by clapping, cheering or singing from your own doorstep! Find out more and get involved.

Throughout the day - there will be (mostly online) events in celebration from around the world. Find out more on our Events page, on NuclearBan.Scot and on the ICAN international events calendar.

From your own home - even though we can't be together, there are so many things you can do to mark the Treaty's arrival! Put up a poster, make a banner, or check our #TPNWChallenge posts for more inspiration.

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