Join anti-Trident protest at Easter
Like others I expect, I've already been thinking ahead to Easter – in particular how to use that lovely extra free day on the Monday.
But the thinking didn't take long, because this year there's is a must for the calendar: a demonstration at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, near Reading.
That's where Britain's nuclear bombs are made, currently for the Trident system, in which the warheads and their missiles are placed on Trident submarines.
It's also where the research and development are being done for the proposed successor system to Trident.
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That's why, this Easter Monday, thousands will gather there from around Britain, to protest against Trident's replacement and the vast sums of money that are being poured into costly related developments long before the 2016 date for the final decision in Parliament as to whether Trident should in fact be replaced.
The protesters will call for the halting of all such preemptive activities and the scrapping rather than replacement of Trident, which would cost more than 100 billion pounds.
The protesters (currently backed by a substantial majority in recent opinion polls) will argue that at this time of cuts to jobs, housing and public services it is madness to waste money in this way; that nuclear weapons are genocidal and morally beyond the pale; that they do nothing to increase our security; and that most countries manage perfectly well without them.
We will point out that the UK is in no position to object to nuclear proliferation while it insists on retaining its own nuclear 'capacity', in breach of its treaty obligations, and propose that instead we should join the non-nuclear majority in working for a nuclear-free world.
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