The Trident Farce. Discuss.

In the autumn of 2006 Tony Blair announced that Britain needed to replace its nuclear weapons system, ‘Trident.’ This will cost £15,000,000,000 of taxpayers money and occupy years of government and industry time.

Is this really what our government should be preoccupied with? If Trident is a weapon we will not use, it is worthless. If it is a weapon we must be prepared to use, this sends a dangerous message to the world, kick starting a new nuclear arms race. Britain stands at a crossroads – one way to war, and one way to peace.

A decision on Trident will be voted on in Parliament later this month. Don’t stay silent. Resist.

Faslane 365 is a peaceful blockade of the Trident nuclear submarine base in Scotland and York is joining for a weekend in Easter. Visit York at Faslane 365 for more info or email rjl502.

Want to join the blockade or just find out more? York@Faslane is meeting 8.30pm weds week 5 in V/123
+ Caroline Lucas MEP talks on Trident 3.15pm thurs week 5 in A/TB057
+ Saturday 24th of February is the National Demo against Trident, email peaceeducation@cnd.org.uk for £9 coach tickets to London

Protestors at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland.


Britain’s current Trident submarines at Faslane.

This article was originally published in Issue 2 of GoodMag.


DESO: A helping hand for all Your Weapons Export Needs!

DESO is bad. Let’s just make that clear. This mag is called good people against bad things. DESO fits into the latter quite cosily. There’s not a lot good about it. But before you run out on the streets to let everyone know this, I’ll let you in on a little more info.

The Defence Export Services Organization was founded in 1966 under PM Denis Healey to help sell arms to other countries. At the time the industry was largely nationalised and it was felt that the MOD should get a chunk of this increasingly global market. Since then the world has changed. And DESO has grown – a lot. At its inception it employed around 20 people – now it has 400 staff in London alone, with a hundred more employees in various other countries, including Saudia Arabia, India and Pakistan.

DESOs aim is to make sure that when these countries buy another 10 fighter jets or another 100 missiles, they buy them from British companies. Hurrah for that you say! If they’re going to blow each other up let’s have some good old Blighty chaps employed for their pains… Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that any more – companies like BAE Systems are multi-national and many of the arms DESO helps to sell are manufactured abroad. The only winners are share holders.

No other industry in the UK receives this level of help from a government agency. Surely taxpayers’ money could be spent better? DESO is a contradiction of foreign policy, a symbol of corporate influence on government, and a huge waste of money.

DESO needs to be shut down. Visit www.caat.org.uk and email your MP now.

This article was originally written for the February 2007 edition of ‘GoodMag’.