Scotland against Trident nuclear weapons

This video from Scotland says about itself:

25 May 2014

We follow the walkers on Scottish CND‘s Spring Walk from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh through Glasgow to the Trident base at Faslane, and explore how a Yes vote in the referendum will affect the likelihood of nuclear disarmament.

By Malcolm Burns in Scotland:

Peace groups flock to Faslane after No

Saturday 20th September 2014

Nuclear campaigners build on anti-Trident momentum

SCOTTISH peace campaigners will demonstrate outside the Faslane nuclear submarine base today in a bid to build on the momentum gained by the campaign against Trident during the Scottish independence debate.

More than 30 peace groups will call for the complete disarmament of Britain’s Trident system and its nuclear-armed subs at Faslane and on the Clyde.

Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre co-ordinator Brian Larkin said: “The referendum was a huge opportunity to get rid of Trident and put an end to the reliance on nuclear weapons for our security.”

The SNP-led Yes campaign had promised to throw nuclear weapons out of a sovereign Scotland, though the pledge would have put a spanner in the works of a stated desire to join Nato and many feared the plan would be dropped or delayed during independence negotiations.

Mr Larkin said the high Yes vote opened up the question of Trident replacement in the run-up to the general election next May.

“Our message tomorrow from Faslane will be — don’t mourn, organise,” he said.

“This will be the beginning of a resurgence of campaigning UK-wide against the replacement of Trident.”

Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament secretary Alan Mackinnon said the enthusiasm which brought so many people into activism against Trident in Scotland was a positive opportunity for the whole peace movement.

“If Yes had won it would have given us a great opportunity, although we have to be clear that the policies of seeking to get rid of Trident and join the Nato nuclear alliance at that same time were mutually contradictory and would have been massively difficult.”

“The peace movement now needs to build an alliance involving elements of the trade union movement who were committed to a No vote in the referendum and the faith communities who were not committed to Yes or No.”

Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms chairman Reverend David Maclachan said: “One thing remains clear — the campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until Trident is removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the referendum vote.”

See also here.

The New York Times reported on Monday that the Obama administration is planning to spend more than $1 trillion over the next three decades to significantly upgrade its nuclear weapons capability: here.

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    Highland MSP John Finnie — who quit the SNP two years ago over its decision to support Nato membership — has joined the Scottish Green Party, he announced at the weekend.

    Mr Finnie will continue to sit as an independent MSP but plans to stand as a Green candidate in the Scottish Parliament election in May 2016.

    Speaking to the Scottish Greens conference in Edinburgh on Saturday, John Finnie said: “I have no ill will towards the SNP, a substantial minority of whom voted with me to oppose Nato membership.”

    Since the independence referendum less than a month ago, the Scottish Green Party has more than trebled its membership, now standing at some 6,300 people.


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