Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood besides Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn fuel new front against nuclear arms….reports Rajitha Saleem
Jeremy Corbyn, the ardent campaigner for Nuclear deterrence warned that one cannot achieve peace by planning for war. He was speaking at the anti-Trident rally in Central London. The Labour leader was joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood for the march.
The leader of the opposition party added that his presence was the proof that he believed in a nuclear-free Britain and a nuclear-free future. He said that peace is possible in many places which can be achieved not by planning for war, grabbing resources and not respecting each other’s human rights.
Ms Sturgeon is reported to have labelled the nuclear deterrent `immoral’ and `impractical. ’ She added that it was the norm in the world today to be nuclear-free and that the exception is to possess nuclear weapons. “”The use of nuclear weapons would bring about human devastation and suffering on an unimaginable scale,” she was quoted as saying. She said that the SNP would be making Trident a political issue at forthcoming elections.
Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas described nuclear weaponry as `a cold war relic’. She added that to contemplate using nuclear weapons is both illegal and immoral.
The Ministry of Defence has estimated acquiring four new submarines to carry the Trident deterrent which is reported to cost £31 billion over the course of the 20-year procurement programme, with a further £10 billion set aside to meet any additional unexpected cost increases.