“The Government’s proposal to replace Trident is illegal, unnecessary and a catastrophe for our future”, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert warned today as she prepared to join MPs, MEPs and councillors at the blockade of the Faslane base of Britain’s Nuclear weapons on Monday (8th January 2007).
The blockade is part of Faslane 365, a continuous year long peaceful demonstration, drawing attention to the dangerous insecurity of Britain’s nuclear weapons of mass destruction calling for them to be disarmed.
Jean Lambert, who has continued to campaign against nuclear weapons for years, today said that the Government’s plan to spend at least £25 billion on renewing the nuclear weapons system demonstrated a lack of concern for the immediate problems the world faces today.
Jean commented; “Trident, and the continued debate over nuclear weapons, is a total diversion from the world’s real security needs: tackling climate change, widespread illness or disease and access to clean water.
“The UK Government can not claim that they want to protect the planet and then make preparations to blow it up at the same time.
“How can the UK warn other countries against nuclear weapons whilst we continue on this path of destruction ourselves. On grounds of legality, diplomacy and politics, such double standards are not acceptable.
“The legality, morality and cost of keeping nuclear weapons in the UK is unjustified and Greens simply can not support the replacement of Trident. A future of nuclear warheads, with the ability to deliver around 8 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb, is not one that offer us real security. If Tony Blair truly wants to lead the way to a positive future he must end Trident today.”