14th November 2017
Rob Edwards has reported in the past few days about a new lockdown (“Black-out: MoD suddenly censors all Trident safety reports“): “Annual reports from the MoD’s internal watchdog, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR), have been abruptly classified as secret. Published for the last ten years, the reports have repeatedly warned of the dangers of spending cutbacks, staff shortages and accidents.”
This at the same time as a massive increase in “nuclear infrastructure” is revealed under FOI by the same journalist: “Details released under freedom of information law shows that the MoD is aiming to complete a “nuclear infrastructure” project at Faslane by 2027 and a similarly named project at Coulport by 2030.”
Presumably such a massive increase in the capacity for destruction will be relayed back to us as “good for jobs” by Jackie Baillie.
The Green MSP for the west of Scotland, Ross Greer, has argued that the UK’s approach was now illegal under international law. “Public safety is being put at risk and public money is being wasted by a UK government hell-bent on maintaining an outdated approach to human security,” he said.
“While the growing calls against nuclear weapons fall on deaf ears at the MoD, the case for investment in new jobs for the region that don’t rely on weapons of mass destruction grows ever stronger.”
The SNP has attacked the nuclear projects as “massively waste and expensive” pointing out also that over 120 countries had recently backed a new United Nations’ treaty banning nuclear weapons.
So it’s time to support the heroic and tiny amount of people that sustain Faslane Peace Camp. Here’s their appeal blurb – please donate after reading. They need a tiny amount of money for things such as paint for banners, travel to and from various sites of protest – and courts costs.
These good people need our support. Let’s smash their appeal fund in one day:
“We are Faslane Peace Camp.
We are a independent anarchist community taking action against Trident Nuclear Weapons.
We occupy land beside Faslane Naval Base, where the UK’s nuclear submarines are housed. We have occupied this land since 1982.
We are a non-violent-direct-action campaign. We blockade roads, disrupt the work inside the base and exist as a permanent reminder of opposition to Trident. We help track illegal convoys as they travel on public roads and try to raise awareness of this important cause through public stalls, open days, and media appearances.
To maintain an all year round presence at the camp we rely heavily on donations of money, food, tools and building materials. We couldn’t exist without support from the public, and we encourage all those who donate to come and visit the camp for themselves to see their contributions making a difference.
Money raised through crowdfunding will enable us to buy better tools and building materials, build longer-lasting structures, and most importantly, be better resourced in our campaign against nuclear weapons. This means buying paint for banners, materials for lock-ons and travel to and from various sites of protest (and, inevitably, court!)
Huge thanks to anyone who donates – come visit us at camp and join our campaign – all are welcome!”