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Next Coffee House discussion - Friday, September 24th.
Do we want new nuclear weapons?
Our Government is about to take decisions on future military expenditure and our nuclear weapons:
- What is the use of nuclear weapons in tomorrow's world?
- Should the UK spend £billions to replace its Trident nuclear submarine fleet with a new nuclear system?
- How do Britain's decisions affect worldwide nuclear non-proliferation negotiations?
- What would a better defence policy be like?
7.30-9.30 Venue - Star Anise Cafe, Gloucester St., Stroud.
"How can it be that spending on building weapons of mass destruction is protected while investment in the 20 year Schools for the Future programme is scrapped? How can it be that the nuclear weapons factory at Aldermaston is given an extra £1billion funding every year to build new nuclear warheads while scientific research funding is cut?"
Tell George Osborne not to renew Trident at:
Meanwhile CND have just released a report yesterday about the loss of jobs Trident will lead to - Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said "The Chancellor is demanding up to 20% cuts from the MoD and has stated that the cost of Trident replacement will come from the main defence budget. So going ahead with Trident will have a devastating impact on non-nuclear defence manufacturing. Trident is cash-hungry whilst providing relatively few jobs. Hundreds of millions are to be spent with US-based contractors, providing nothing for the UK economy. Other areas of defence spending at risk from Trident generate far more employment per pound spent. Closing RAF bases and scrapping surface-ship programmes will cause significant job losses in the coming years, whereas cutting Trident would have little impact until at least 2016. The report makes clear that with relatively small investment the key facility dependent on Trident work - BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow - could be re-aligned towards the rapidly growing needs of the low-carbon economy. Precision marine engineering skills are perfect for developing wave and tidal energy systems, where Britain could be a world leader. Diversifying into a market with strong domestic demand as well as huge export potential would provide much greater job security for shipyard workers. Relying almost entirely on a few MoD orders will always be a precarious formula."