AROUND 500 people braved appalling weather on Monday to join a protest outside the Faslane naval base, home of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines. It was the biggest demonstration outside the base for years and highlighted the appalling waste of spending �1.5 billion a year on the upkeep of Trident. Eventually the programme will cost �50 billion. Julie, a student, said, "It's appalling to waste this money on destruction and weapons when the government claim they cannot afford to give us free education." A group of disabled protesters chained their wheelchairs together and blocked one of the main gates to the base. As one group of protesters were arrested others would rush in and take their place, preventing the police from clearing the road. Traffic tailed back for miles in each direction as the main entrance and the road were blocked for 90 minutes. The police were clearly overwhelmed by the size of the protest. Having arrested around 180 people, including socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan, they didn't have enough transport to take them back to Glasgow! People were delighted with the success of the demonstration. Even those arrested said they were determined to mount other protests.