The new Scottish parliament has a majority who support the removal of Trident nuclear missiles from the Clyde. That includes the new first minister, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond.
MSPs have a historic opportunity to strike a blow for peace by demanding the removal of these weapons from Scotland and by organising to effectively shut down the Faslane base.
During the Scottish election the SNP promised to impose a £1 million toll on each nuclear warhead brought into Scotland.
The missiles are built at Aldermaston with final assembly taking place at Burghfield, before they are transported to Faslane by road. The Scottish parliament could take action to ban them from Scotland’s roads.
This Saturday, 26 May, Scottish CND has called an “open post-election conference” to discuss the new Scottish parliament getting rid of Trident. Nicola Sturgeon, SNP deputy leader, is a keynote speaker.
Some 73 percent of Scots oppose plans to introduce a new generation of nuclear missiles into Faslane. Pressure must be applied on MSPs to deliver on the commitment to rid Scotland of Trident. One way to ensure that is for Saturday’s conference to launch a call for a national demo outside the Scottish parliament.
Scotland, Trident and the new political settlement, Saturday 26 May, 10.30am to 4pm in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow.