I was pleased to see that the Brits are pushing to scrap nukes and have seen through the deterrence myth. National security issues, they say, are terrorism and climate change. Two things that massive nuclear weapons systems don’t touch.
It all called to mind those great photos of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which started in 1981 with the Welsh women marching from Cardiff to Greenham Common military base to resist the placement by the U.S. of 96 nuclear Cruise missiles pointed at Russia.
Here’s the Guardian article on the new poll:
Voters want Britain to scrap nuclear weapons altogether rather than replace Trident, according to a July 2009 Guardian/ICM poll. The result marks a sharp turnaround in public opinion amid growing debate about the cost of a new generation of nuclear weapons and the impact of conventional defence cutbacks on the war in Afghanistan.
For decades nuclear disarmament has been seen as a minority issue, with most voters assumed to favour continued investment in an independent British nuclear weapons system. But today’s poll shows that 54% of all voters would prefer to abandon nuclear weapons rather than put money into a new generation of Trident warheads, as the government plans.
Kate Hudson, chair of the U.K.’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, commented that it is “widely accepted that the main security threats that we face are terrorism and climate change. Nuclear weapons have nothing to contribute on these fronts.”