SNP condemns UK gov Trident obsession

 

The SNP has today condemned Westminster’s “Trident obsession” in advance of a report on nuclear weapons set to be announced by UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Monday.

Mt Hammond’s plans will show the UK government are pushing ahead with a full scale replacement of nuclear weapons and that the total spent on replacing Trident is in excess of £800 million since 2011.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bill Kidd, who is a Co-President of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) said:

“The UK parliament’s Trident obsession highlights the democratic deficit that Scotland faces under Westminster control.

“The Westminster establishment seem to have forgotten that Trident is based in Scotland, and neither the people, the churches, the trade unions nor the Parliament of Scotland wants it here – and Trident’s renewal has also been opposed by a majority of Scottish MPs at Westminster.

“It is absurd to suggestion that the Lib Dems can do anything to halt Trident’s replacement. They are part of a Westminster Government that has already spent 800 million since 2011 and continue to assist the Tory plans.

“The Labour Party is no better. They know that the billions of pounds in taxpayer money that is wasted on Trident could be used  to get rid of Westminster's Bedroom Tax and relieving people from having to use foodbanks but their irrational devotion to weapons of mass destruction prevents them from acknowledging this publicly.

“Opposition in Scotland to Trident is clear, yet the SNP is the only major political party committed to banishing nuclear weapons from our shores.

“Only a Yes vote for an independent Scotland in 2014 will get rid of Trident from Scotland, and stop billions of Scottish taxpayers’ pounds being wasted on unusable and immoral weapons of mass destruction.”

ENDS

Notes:

Trident: Philip Hammond announces new nuclear weapon deals

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10518218/Trident-Philip-Hammond-announces-new-nuclear-weapon-deals.html