Diary (Nuclear Weapons)

Nuclear Weapons

Trident is the name of the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent based at Faslane on the Clyde . It is not independent  since it is US based and it is difficult in today’s geopolitics to see who it is deterring. The Scottish Bishops have consistently opposed nuclear defence.
'Our own Scottish Bishops have often echoed the peace demands of Pope Benedict, and Pope John Paul before him, and I am here to repeat it once more. Here at the gates of Faslane, there is no better place to say that it is not courageous of Britain to have these dreadful weapons of mass destruction. It is shameful to have them. If our government wished to truly be courageous it would unilaterally give up its nuclear deterrent, giving the witness and impetus for other nations to do the same'.
        
Cardinal O’Brien, Speech at Faslane, April 2011

2019

Image: The Sisters of Nagasaki wins international award
09/08/2019
The Sisters of Nagasaki wins international award

A filmmaker from Quebec, Canada, lain Vézina, has received Special Recognition for his documentary THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI about a group of Catholic nuns who survived the Atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki, 74 years ago.  ICN Report

Image: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki #NeverAgain
07/08/2019
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki #NeverAgain

Watch Bishop Nolan's address to a Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms protest at Faslane on 13th April 2019.

Image: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
07/08/2019
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later a second atomic bomb (“Fat Man”) was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. These are the only times nuclear weapons have been used in war.

Image: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorations
18/07/2019
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorations

Seventy-four years ago, on the 6th August 1945 the United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom, dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing up to 80,000 people with over 70,000 people injured and dying from radiation sickness in the following weeks and months. The city was destroyed and over 100,000 people died from the bomb named "Little Boy".

Three days later, the US dropped "Fat Man" atomic bomb on Nagasaki in Southern Japan, killing nearly 100,000 people - the majority of whom were civilians. 

For details of commemorative events across Scotland, please see the Scottish CND website.

Image: Nuclear: Energy bills 'used to subsidise submarines'
06/06/2019
Nuclear: Energy bills 'used to subsidise submarines'

Energy bills in the UK are inflated partly because households are subsidising nuclear submarines, MPs have been told.  BBC

Image: Justice & Peace Scotland - Newsletter
08/05/2019
Justice & Peace Scotland - Newsletter

Have a look here at our latest newsletter filled with news and upcoming events.  

Image: Joint Scottish Churches Statement on Service to Recognise Fifty Years Of Continuous At Sea Deterrent
03/05/2019
Joint Scottish Churches Statement on Service to Recognise Fifty Years Of Continuous At Sea Deterrent

Bishop Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland and Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland have released the following statement condeming a service of thanksgiving for nuclear weapons to be held at Westminster Abbey on 3rd May 2019.

Image: Threat of nuclear weapons use has risen, says Lords Committee
24/04/2019
Threat of nuclear weapons use has risen, says Lords Committee

Just days before states convene for the 2019 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN in New York, the House of Lords International Relations Committee has called on the Government to address grave concerns about the deteriorating state of nuclear diplomacy.

Image: Bishop praises anti-nuke campaigners as a ‘thorn’ in establishment’s side
24/04/2019
Bishop praises anti-nuke campaigners as a ‘thorn’ in establishment’s side

Bishop William Nolan praised peace campaigners as a ‘thorn in the side of UK government, the establishment and the military’ as he took part in a protest outside the UK’s nuclear weapons base. Scottish Catholic Observer.
 

Image: Ecumenical Church Network Condemns 13 Billion Euros for the Arms Industry.
23/04/2019
Ecumenical Church Network Condemns 13 Billion Euros for the Arms Industry.

Church and Peace, The Ecumenical Peace Church Network have released the following statement condemning the European Parliament decision to sanction 13 billion euros on military research, including in nuclear weapons.

Image: Bishop to join rally against nuclear weapons
12/04/2019
Bishop to join rally against nuclear weapons

Bishop William Nolan of Galloway has confirmed that he will once again be present at the Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA) event which takes place this Saturday, 13 April 2019 at 12 noon at the North Gate at Faslane.  ICN

Image: NATO military alliance incompatible with Gospel nonviolence
11/04/2019
NATO military alliance incompatible with Gospel nonviolence

As foreign ministers of the 29 member nations of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), gathered in Washington D.C. on 3-4 April to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of this largest military alliance in the world, nonviolent peace activists across the U.S. and from around the world also gathered in Washington to proclaim: "No to NATO - Yes to Peace" ICN

Image: Nuclear submarines: MoD criticised over submarine disposal
03/04/2019
Nuclear submarines: MoD criticised over submarine disposal

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised over its failure to dispose of 20 obsolete nuclear submarines.  BBC News.

Image: Stop Funding The End Of The World
19/03/2019
Stop Funding The End Of The World

Everyone can play a part in the divestment campaign and this guide is intended to be a resource for those who wish to engage with Scottish organisations about nuclear weapons divestment.

2018

Image: Pax Christi Scotland Inaugural Event 23 - 25 November
13/11/2018
Pax Christi Scotland Inaugural Event 23 - 25 November

The First Pax Christi Scotland Event will take place from 23rd-25th November 2018 at Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.  Everyone is invited to register for this free event.  Day places are available.  Contact: anna@confortiinstitute.org 

Image: Nuclear ban treaty may come into force in 2019: ICAN
29/10/2018
Nuclear ban treaty may come into force in 2019: ICAN

Treaty aims to stigmatise nuclear weapons as previous ones marginalised landmines and cluster munitions.
 

Image: Holy See urges ratification of Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
24/10/2018
Holy See urges ratification of Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Speaking on behalf of Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, Second Counsellor, Father David Charters addressed a UN General Assembly discussion on nuclear disarmament on October 22.

Image: Archbishop Gallagher's Statement on International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
27/09/2018
Archbishop Gallagher's Statement on International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On September 26, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, gave an intervention during the High-Level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Experience the power of a nuclear blast in your area
11/07/2018
Experience the power of a nuclear blast in your area

Outrider is a website which uses digital media to provide accessible information on nuclear war and climate change.  You can witness the effects of the detonation of a nuclear bomb where you live by entering your address.

Image: Pentecost Vigil at Faslane
28/05/2018
Pentecost Vigil at Faslane

Bishop Nolan, along with other Christian leaders, was present at the annual Pentecost Vigil, organised by Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA) at Faslane on Saturday 26th May. Read what he had to say about the Catholic position on nuclear weapons.

 

Image: Bishop calls on UK Government to sign and ratify Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
25/05/2018
Bishop calls on UK Government to sign and ratify Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway and President of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, will tomorrow (Saturday 26 May) at 12 noon join other Church leaders and campaigners in calling for the Secretary of State to sign and ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Peace Education Scotland
25/05/2018
Peace Education Scotland
Youth Peace Academy

A fully funded 3 day youth training programme on all aspects of campaigning work, focusing on the nuclear disarmament movement. Learn all you need to know about nuclear weapons, communication tactics, lobbying activities, grassroots empowerment, legislative change, online engagement, fundraising tools and much more. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old and should reside in Scotland.

Details: http://www.peaceeducationscotland.org/peace-academy/

2017

Image: Pope Francis speaks out against possessing nuclear weapons.
13/11/2017
Pope Francis speaks out against possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis openly condemns possession of nuclear weapons and moves away from church’s acceptance of deterrence reports PAX.

Image: Vatican to host conference on nuclear disarmament
05/11/2017
Vatican to host conference on nuclear disarmament

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has issued a statement on an upcoming conference on nuclear disarmament. "The Holy Father is working with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms," Burke said in a statement on Wednesday. The Director of the Holy See noted that Pope Francis "expressed his resolve in this matter earlier this year, in a 'Message' addressed to the United Nations Conference 'To Negotiate a Legally-Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards Their Total Elimination.

Text of Statement

Pax Christi resources

Image: Vatican at UN calls for nuclear-free world
28/09/2017
Vatican at UN calls for nuclear-free world

In his Twitter message on 26th September, Pope Francis said: 'Let us commit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons by implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty to abolish these weapons of death.' Meanwhile in New York, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urging governments to do more to prevent wars, protect human dignity and work for a nuclear-free world.

Read more

Image: Holy See ratifies treaty on the prohibition of nuclear arms
22/09/2017
Holy See ratifies treaty on the prohibition of nuclear arms

On a day in which Pope Francis tweeted: 'I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples' - the Holy See became one of the first entities to sign and ratify a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of and on behalf of Vatican City State.

Read the article.

Image: Open Letter in support of the Nuclear Ban Treaty
22/09/2017
Open Letter in support of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

As the United Nations open the historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty for signatures, church leaders in the UK have signed an open-letter, coordinated by Christian CND, calling for the government to sign up.

Read the letter

Image: DSEI Arms Fair, London September 2017
24/08/2017
DSEI Arms Fair, London September 2017
Prayers and actions from Pax Christi

 

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Arms Fair takes place in London 11th-15th September, 2017. 

Pax Christi's website offers resources for prayer and reflection.

Day of Peace to Stop the Arms Fair

Silent Vigil to Stop the Arms Fair

 

 

Image: Faith leaders pray for world peace in Japan
10/08/2017
Faith leaders pray for world peace in Japan

Religious leaders have met in Japan to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis asking them to foster dialogue, friendship and peace.

Image: ICAN Parliamentary Pledge
09/08/2017
ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons have produced a pledge which they are asking all politicians to sign for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Image: Peace campaigner to appeal bail conditions
25/07/2017
Peace campaigner to appeal bail conditions

The Independent Catholic News reports on Trident Ploughshares campaigner Angie Zelter's appeal on bail conditions. The case arises from her participation in a blockade of the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long.

Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament
18/07/2017
Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.  

Image: A Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Is Almost There
04/07/2017
A Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Is Almost There
Update as final week begins

It’s historic. The formal schedule of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Conference for this Friday coming (7th July) is the adoption of the treaty itself. Over 130 UN states are participating. It’s the very best news in nuclear disarmament in decades.

Image: Christian peace organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban talks
21/06/2017
Christian peace organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban talks

More than 130 countries are continuing negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons entirely. A second round of meetings began in New York on 15 June to draft a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. If approved, this treaty would make it illegal to "develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire" nuclear weapons.

Image: The nuclear weapons ban treaty draft is out
31/05/2017
The nuclear weapons ban treaty draft is out
The draft text for the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons was presented this week by the President of the negotiations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica. This was based on the discussions held at the UN March session of the conference and we expect more debate over the articles and provisions.
 
The language of the draft provides a good basis for a strong, categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons and we are confident that this can be agreed and adopted by the end of the next session, 7th of July 2017.
Image: Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending
24/04/2017
Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?

Image: Playing with Fire
07/04/2017
Playing with Fire
Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report

Image: Pope Francis sends a message to the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Talks
29/03/2017
Pope Francis sends a message to the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Talks

The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is "a moral and humanitarian imperative", says Pope Francis.

Image: Hiroshima Survivor Tells her Story
28/03/2017
Hiroshima Survivor Tells her Story

On August 6 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, I was an 11 year-old girl, 5th grader of a primary school.

Image: Nuclear Ban Treaty
20/03/2017
Nuclear Ban Treaty

Nuclear Ban Treaty talks at the UN in New York start in one week Monday 27th March 2017. We are counting down to this historic opportunity to rid our world of this threat. 

Image: A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945
13/03/2017
A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

In 2 weeks time, Monday 27th March 2017  The UN will meet in New York to discuss a Nuclear Ban Treaty.  Watch this powerful film depicting each nuclear explosion since 1945 and watch our website for further information and ways to get involved.

Image: Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons
05/03/2017
Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons

Pax Christi has isues a statement on the forthcoming negotiations on banning nuclear weapons.

Statement here

Further informaton from Pax Christi

Image: Ash Wednesday At Faslane
27/02/2017
Ash Wednesday At Faslane

Wednesday 1st March -Ash Wednesday at Faslane -South Gate of Faslane at 2:45pm Glasgow Catholic Worker.

Join us for our annual Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and Resistance at the home of the UK's weapons of mass destruction. We start at the car park next to the South Gate.

Image: Scrap Trident
09/02/2017
Scrap Trident
Week of Action

The United Nations negotiations in 2017 for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, supported by a huge majority of the world’s governments start in March in New York. 
ICAN calls for a global Week of Action from 10th to 17th February.

Details on Scrap Trident website

And an interesting take on a serious subject : Global ban on nuclear weapons explained in Scots

Image: Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
23/01/2017
Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty start in March at The United Nations meeting in New York. The Ban is supported by most member states – but not the UK. 


The International Campiagn to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has called for a Worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb.

CND is calling on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations and has called a lobby of MPs to give you the chance to persuade your member of Parliament. Lobby your MP

 

2016

Image: Scottish Parliamentary Motion on a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
17/10/2016
Scottish Parliamentary Motion on a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
Ask your MSPs to support this motion
This week the United Nations First Committee debated setting up of a conference next year to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty. In spite of the nuclear weapons states including the UK putting pressure on non nuclear states more and more are speaking up to co-sponsor the resolution.  There will be a vote on it next month and campaigners who are present are hopeful of it passing.
Image: The £73m annual bill for policing the UK's military nuclear programme
21/09/2016
The £73m annual bill for policing the UK's military nuclear programme
Providing police cover for the UK's military nuclear programme costs £73m a year according to the latest policing plan for the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). The MDP are a police force who patrol the sites connected with the UK's nuclear weapons including Aldermaston, Burghfield, Devonport and Faslane. The MDP patrol a total of 120 sites, but the costs for nuclear policing account for almost half their annual budget (Nuclear Information Service)
Image: Cuts to Ministry of Defence police raise Trident security concerns
08/08/2016
Cuts to Ministry of Defence police raise Trident security concerns
Eamon Keating, the chairman of the Defence Police Federation, has warned that cuts to the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) could place the security of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons at risk. (Nuclear Information Service)
Image: UK nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar
21/07/2016
UK nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar
Damage to HMS Ambush's conning tower could be seen as it arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening. One of the UK's newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise. The Royal Navy said it has launched an immediate investigation after HMS Ambush was involved in the "glancing collision" while submerged off the coast of the British territory.  (BBC News)
Image: Bishops call for ‘decisive and courageous steps’ towards nuclear disarmament
12/07/2016
Bishops call for ‘decisive and courageous steps’ towards nuclear disarmament
The Bishops of Scotland have called on the UK government to honour its commitment as a key signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferations Treaty (1968) and work towards the disposing and elimination of all nuclear weapons. In a statement, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops highlight the ‘immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life’ that their use would cause, and endorse Pope Francis who has said that “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations”.
Image: The Church speaks against Nuclear Weapons
11/07/2016
The Church speaks against Nuclear Weapons
In 2013/14 Pope Francis, and two high ranking Vatican diplomats made speeches condemning nuclear weapons. You can read them here 
Image: BREAKING NEWS: Parliament to vote on Trident replacement next week
01/07/2016
BREAKING NEWS: Parliament to vote on Trident replacement next week
David Cameron has used a speech at the NATO summit in Warsaw to announce that the long-awaited vote on Trident replacement will take place on Monday 18th July. It isn't yet known whether MPs will be asked to support replacement in principle, or whether they will be asked to consent to the building of four new submarines, at a cost of £41bn. CND analysis has shown that the lifetime cost of Trident replacement will be at least £205bn
Image: Trident No More! Demonstrations Across Scotland Saturday 16 July 12noon
01/07/2016
Trident No More! Demonstrations Across Scotland Saturday 16 July 12noon
David Cameron has announced MPs will vote on whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system on Monday 18th July. This in spite of the fact that he has resigned and a new Prime Minister is yet to be elected and that the country is still reeling from the Brexit decision. No doubt these things have lead to this rush to squeeze a vote on Trident in before the summer recess but a selfish desire to unite the Tories and split Labour is no reason to take such an important and expensive decision in haste. (Scrap Trident Coalition)
Image: Trident and jobs: the employment implications of cancelling Trident replacement
01/07/2016
Trident and jobs: the employment implications of cancelling Trident replacement

A new report by CND sets the record straight on Trident and jobs. It's often argued that Trident and its replacement provide civilian jobs. While this is true, the extent of this job creation is tiny relative to the sums involved. In effect, they are among the most costly jobs in history. This report looks at how the money saved by not replacing Trident could be used for a massive level of investment that would create many more jobs than the current or future nuclear weapons systems can provide.

Image: Trident is being upgraded in secret, report claims
07/06/2016
Trident is being upgraded in secret, report claims
Nuclear warhead is being made more destructive and more accurate while an entirely new one is being developed, say researchers
Work is under way in secret at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory to upgrade the existing Trident arsenal and to develop an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear Information Service.  The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire is working on a programme to upgrade the current UK Trident warhead to produce the “Mark 4A”, which will be more accurate and have greater destructive power, the report says. The costs and timetable of the programme have not been revealed to parliament. (Richard Norton-Taylor theguardian.com)
Image: Pentecost Peace Witness at Faslane 2016
17/05/2016
Pentecost Peace Witness at Faslane 2016
Justice and Peace Commission member, Grace Buckley reports on the Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, peace witness which took place at Faslane on 14 May 2015.
Image: Replacing Trident will cost at least £205bn, campaigners say
12/05/2016
Replacing Trident will cost at least £205bn, campaigners say
The total cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system will come to at least £205bn, far more than previously estimated, according to figures drawn up by the CND. It has calculated the total on the basis of official figures, answers to parliamentary questions and previous costs of items including nuclear warheads and decommissioning nuclear reactors. It says it has not taken into account that past Ministry of Defence projects have frequently gone well over budget. (The Guardian)
Image: Stop Trident mass lobby of MPs
09/05/2016
Stop Trident mass lobby of MPs
Westminster, Wednesday 13 July
There will be a vote in Parliament this year on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, at an estimated cost well in excess of £100bn. There is growing opposition inside and outside Parliament to the plans, highlighted by the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration for a generation in February. In addition to the Scottish National Party and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, MPs in almost every party planning to vote against Trident replacement.
Image: Witness for Peace - Faslane 14 May
05/05/2016
Witness for Peace - Faslane 14 May
Justice and Peace will be joining Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, for their annual 'Witness for Peace' outside the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base at 12 noon on Saturday 14 May. Please join us. 
Image: ASK your MP to stop the nuclear convoys
08/03/2016
ASK your MP to stop the nuclear convoys
The Government recently blocked a Bill which would have introduced regulations on the transportation of nuclear warheads around the country. The Bill was introduced following a number of incidents where warheads have been transported in residential areas and in poor weather conditions.
Image: Early day motion 956: Trident Replacement
03/02/2016
Early day motion 956: Trident Replacement
Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes the publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy; further notes that the estimated cost of replacing the Vanguard Class of nuclear armed submarines has increased to £31 billion with a £10 billion contingency, and that the date of entry into service for the Successor submarines has been delayed;
Image: Stop Trident National Rally - London
02/02/2016
Stop Trident National Rally - London
Pax Christi amongst others is supporting a major national demonstration called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to Stop Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.  They want to make sure that  this will be the biggest protest against nuclear weapons  in a generation, they need your help.

2015

Image: Statement of Justice and Peace Commission Welcoming Scottish Parliamentary Vote to Reject Trident Re
06/11/2015
Statement of Justice and Peace Commission Welcoming Scottish Parliamentary Vote to Reject Trident Re
Justice and Peace Scotland has commended the Scottish Parliament for its recent majority decision against the proposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. The Commission notes that this view is in line with the consistent teaching of the Church; and with the specific statements of the Scottish Bishops, notably in 1982 and 2006.
Image: True costs of Trident will be £167 billion
26/10/2015
True costs of Trident will be £167 billion
A new report from Reuters shows that the true cost of renewing Trident will be far higher than the huge sums already mentioned.  The new estimate is £167 billion. The figure comes from Crispin Blunt MP, based on information from Defence Minister Philip Dunne, taking account of current inflation forecasts. Blunt said "My office calculation based on an in-service date of 2028 and a missile extension until 2060 .. the total cost is 167 billion pounds"
Image: Early day motion 417 Trident Renewal
11/09/2015
Early day motion 417 Trident Renewal
Please ask your MP to sign this EDM

That this House notes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer visited the Faslane Naval Base to announce £500 million of spending; is concerned that this announcement pre-empts a final decision on Trident replacement; and calls on the Government to ensure that any decision on the Trident replacement is subject to a vote on the floor of the House and to announce a timetable for that decision.

Image: £500m for Faslane while people die on benefits
08/09/2015
£500m for Faslane while people die on benefits

Scottish CND has hit out at the UK government’s announcement that £500 million will be spent on the nuclear sub base at Faslane. Chancellor George Osborne, in a visit to the Gare Loch facility, said the cash will be spent on upgrading ship lifts, sea walls and jetties and will help secure thousands of jobs.  However, anti-nuclear activists say its real purpose is to entrench further the Trident nuclear weapons programme, which is based at Faslane. (Third Force News)

Image: Rethink Trident - sign the statement
04/09/2015
Rethink Trident - sign the statement
As Britain faces the deepest public spending cuts in living memory, the country can ill-afford to be spending in excess of £100bn on replacing Trident with a new generation of nuclear weapons.
Image: Explosive revelations on Trident safety by Navy whistleblower
18/05/2015
Explosive revelations on Trident safety by Navy whistleblower
William McNeilly, a 25 year old Royal Navy engineering technician, has published an account of a patrol on board Trident submarine HMS Vanguard on the internet describing in detail a series of alarming incidents and describing the submarine as being “in the worst of the worst condition”.  His exposures not only put safety standards in the Trident programme under the spotlight, but also bring into question HMS's Vanguard's ability to successfully fire its battery of missiles were the command to launch a nuclear attack ever given. (Nuclear Information Services)
Image: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane
18/05/2015
Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane
Saturday 23rd May: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane. Come and join the Annual All Age Ecumenical Time of Worship at the North Gate of Faslane’s Naval Base on 23rd May 2015. This is a liturgical event and not a political demonstration. It’s an opportunity to sing, pray for peace, keep silence and take a symbolic action against Trident
Image: Support the Scrap Trident Demonstration - Sat 4 April Glasgow
16/03/2015
Support the Scrap Trident Demonstration - Sat 4 April Glasgow
Justice and peace will be at the Scrap Trident Demonstration this Saturday, why not come and join us - look out for our banner. Speakers: include: Nicola Sturgeon (Leader of SNP); Patrick Harvie MSP (Co-convenor Scottish Greens); Katy Clark MP (Labour Party)
Image:  Nuclear safety incidents soar at Clyde submarine base
10/03/2015
Nuclear safety incidents soar at Clyde submarine base
The number of radiation safety incidents at the Clyde naval base where the UK's Trident nuclear weapons submarines are based has risen by more than 50 per cent over a year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence
Image: Construction of £600m nuclear bomb facility placed on hold amid ‘corner-cutting, incompetence and ch
09/03/2015
Construction of £600m nuclear bomb facility placed on hold amid ‘corner-cutting, incompetence and ch
CND has slammed the spiralling costs and ‘catastrophic’ errors during construction of the Ministry of Defence’s flagship nuclear weapons facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Project Pegasus, a £634m project which will manufacture enriched uranium components for the UK’s nuclear warheads, is ‘in limbo’ after a catalogue of failings in the planning and construction stages.
Image: 75% of Labour's election candidates oppose Trident replacement
05/03/2015
75% of Labour's election candidates oppose Trident replacement
"A survey for CND shows that Labour's parliamentary candidates - from traditionally safe seats to unwinnable Conservative strongholds through to some of the most vulnerable of Labour's target seats - are overwhelmingly against maintaining Trident when it comes up for renewal."
Image: Trident Renewal
26/01/2015
Trident Renewal
Commons Hansard: Opposition debate on Trident Renewal

2014

Image: Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde base
14/11/2014
Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde base
The number of safety incidents recorded at the UK's Trident nuclear submarine and weapons bases on the Clyde estuary has shown a sharp increase according to internal Ministry of Defence  documents.  (Nuclear Information Service)
Image: YES or NO Trident has got to go.
03/09/2014
YES or NO Trident has got to go.
North Gate Faslane Saturday 20 September 12 noon.

After the historic Referendum Vote this is an opportunity to do something practical and symbolic.. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating with each other - one thing remains clear. The campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until they are removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the vote.  All invited to join Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Weapons in a short sharp event – part demo/part symbolic action. Bring a picnic.

Image: Falmouth's rejection of Trident echoes Scottish opposition
22/08/2014
Falmouth's rejection of Trident echoes Scottish opposition
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has welcomed political opponents uniting to reject Falmouth as an alternative to the Clyde nuclear warhead depot. Truro and Falmouth’s Conservative MP Sarah Newton and her Labour challenger Hanna Toms have both rejected proposals to build a Trident nuclear warhead depot close to the town of Falmouth, in the event of an independent Scotland expelling the Trident submarines from the Clyde. The recently elected Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott-Cato, also expressed her opposition. (Ekklesia)
Image: Submarine recall urged as Trident costs escalate further
10/03/2014
Submarine recall urged as Trident costs escalate further
CND has slammed the government for 'ratcheting up expenditure' on nuclear weapons, while calling for nuclear armed subs to be recalled from service in the wake of revelations over new safety issues.
Image: Spring walk for Peace - Scottish Parliament to Faslane Base 1 - 7 April
03/03/2014
Spring walk for Peace - Scottish Parliament to Faslane Base 1 - 7 April
Glasgow march & rally - 5 April

The Spring Walk for Peace will set off on April 1 from the Edinburgh Parliament and reach its destination – Faslane Base – on April 7.  Join the walk for any time you are available – a few hours, days or for the whole week. There is no minimum distance. There will be a support vehicle travelling with the Spring Walk the entire way, which will give a lift to anyone needing a rest. The route has been broken down into no more than 15 miles each day. Major Rally on Saturday 5th in George Square.

Image: Nuclear weapons no longer relevant to UK’s security needs
14/02/2014
Nuclear weapons no longer relevant to UK’s security needs
A recent report from the Nuclear Education Trust has concluded that ‘for now and foreseeable future [there is] no nuclear threat to UK’. The report has taken evidence from a wide range of senior establishment figures in politics and the military. There is an urgent need for a wider and more informed public and Parliamentary debate on nuclear weapons – and especially whether they do or do not contribute to UK's security. It also questions the legality of current plans to upgrade Trident.

Image: Defence Secretary publishes update on progress with Trident replacement
09/01/2014
Defence Secretary publishes update on progress with Trident replacement

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has published the second of a series of annual updates on the Trident replacement programme and announced two further contracts with BAE Systems for work on the programme, taking the total spent on replacing Trident to more than £800 million since 2011. 

Resources


Image: Joint Scottish Churches Statement on Service to Recognise Fifty Years Of Continuous At Sea Deterrent

Bishop Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland and Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland have released the following statement condeming a service of thanksgiving for nuclear weapons to be held at Westminster Abbey on 3rd May 2019.



Image: Bishop praises anti-nuke campaigners as a ‘thorn’ in establishment’s side

Bishop William Nolan praised peace campaigners as a ‘thorn in the side of UK government, the establishment and the military’ as he took part in a protest outside the UK’s nuclear weapons base. Scottish Catholic Observer.
 



Image: Threat of nuclear weapons use has risen, says Lords Committee

Just days before states convene for the 2019 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN in New York, the House of Lords International Relations Committee has called on the Government to address grave concerns about the deteriorating state of nuclear diplomacy.



Image: Ecumenical Church Network Condemns 13 Billion Euros for the Arms Industry.

Church and Peace, The Ecumenical Peace Church Network have released the following statement condemning the European Parliament decision to sanction 13 billion euros on military research, including in nuclear weapons.



Image: Stop Funding The End Of The World

Everyone can play a part in the divestment campaign and this guide is intended to be a resource for those who wish to engage with Scottish organisations about nuclear weapons divestment.



Image: Pax Christi Scotland Event 23 -25 November

Conforti Event 23 -25 November 2018



Image: Ash Wednesday Liturgy


Image: ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons have produced a pledge which they are asking all politicians to sign for the elimination of nuclear weapons.



Image: Playing with Fire
07/04/2017
Playing with Fire
Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report



Image: Trident, Jobs and the UK Economy
Published in October 2010, this report examines the employment consequences of a decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system



Image: Disarming Trident
09/10/2012
Disarming Trident
A practical guide to de-activating and dismantling the Trident nuclear weapon system
CND report September 2012.



Image: Disarming Trident
20/06/2012
Disarming Trident
Scottish CND has published a new report, Disarming Trident, which shows how nuclear weapons can be de-activated within 7 days, removed from Scotland in 2 years and completely dismantled in 4 years.  The report has been given a warm welcome by the Scottish government. The timetable was described as "highly credible" by Dr Bruce Blair, the leading world expert in this field. There was extensive coverage of their plans in the Sunday Herald, including a front page "Goodbye to Trident".



Image: Trident: No Where To Go
A new report from Scottish CND shows that if Scotland voted for independence and maintained its anti-nuclear position then Britain would be left without any nuclear weapons. The report was also the subject of an article in the Guardian Read the full report here



New report.



Pax Christi




Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook




STUC and Scottish CND report
The STUC and Scottish CND published a report in March 2007, on the economic implications of cancelling Trident.



Image: Paisley Diocesan Trident Leaflet




Image: Replacing Trident: A Scottish Catholic Response




Easter Sunday 2006
The Easter Sunday sermon preached by Cardianl O'Brien at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, with a focus on the Trident nuclear weapon system.



First 21 pages of document is the debate on Trident.



Statement by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland. 11 April 2006