Push for 'real debate' on saving public finances by cutting nuclear weapons

Push for 'real debate' on saving public finances by cutting nuclear weapons

By staff writers
10 Apr 2010

Britain's best know peace campaigner will this Sunday (11th April) highlight the lack of debate during the general election campaign so far over levels of spending on nuclear weapons.

The estimated cost of replacing Trident is in the region of £75-£100 billion - which is around 15 times the £6 billion of proposed 'efficiency savings' which have dominated the party political debates over the last few days.

Many people - including some former military chiefs - now feel that the UK no longer requires nuclear weapons. This also comes at a time when the US President seeks to push forward on global disarmament.

But both Labour and the Conservatives have said they would push ahead with Trident renewal. The Lib Dems have said they would not, but would still maintain a nuclear capability. The Greens and some other smaller parties say they would get rid of it altogether.

Many Churches and church groups amongst others, have actively campaigned against Trident renewal.

The CND Vice President, Bruce Kent wishes to now push for 'real debate' about the huge levels of spending on Trident nuclear weapons, as part of the general election campaign.

Frustrated by the lack of questioning of major party leaders by the media, he will be taking his message directly to the people, having pledged to talk to hundreds of voters every Sunday until the election.

This Sunday he will be in London's Trafalgar Square between 4 and 6pm. He will distribute leaflets with the message "Times are hard - don't waste our money on nuclear weapons!" contrasting the vast amounts planned to be spent on Trident replacement - upwards of £76bn, and the alternative, socially usefully spending for which such funds could be used.

Bruce Kent will also be present in Trafalgar Square on Sundays 18th and 25th April and 2nd May, between 4 and 6pm, with other campaigners joining him.

On his 80th birthday last year, Kent was praised in an editorial in the Guardian.

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