Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Open Letter on Trident

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

The vote at Westminster to replace Trident was tantamount to ripping up the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the agreement that was meant to lead to a global reduction in nuclear weapons.  Ministers have not even specified under which circumstances these illegal weapons would be needed, yet they are prepared to waste £80 billion on them.  This money could and should be put to any number of better uses such as fighting the real threat to the UK, climate change.

The Scottish public deserve better.  Seventy per cent of Scots oppose renewing Trident which is why Scottish Greens are proposing a new law that would ban the use of Scottish roads and inshore waters for the transport of nuclear convoys, effectively making it impossible to base Trident and its successor at Faslane.

To those Labour MPs and long-suffering members who still remember why they got into politics in the first place, I say this: come home to the Scottish Green Party.  You will find it is open and democratic, a party committed to peace, nuclear disarmament and the rule of international law.  Voters who want to see Scotland rid of nuclear weapons can first vote Green in the May elections.  We guarantee to put peace and the public interest, not building brutal weapons of mass destruction, at the very top of our agenda.

Eleanor Scott
Green MSP for Highlands & Islands