Monday, 7 June 2010

Now it get's interesting!

Plaid Cymru together with the SNP and the Greens in Westminster have tabled an amendment to the Queens Speech calling for a review of Trident to be included in the Strategic Defence Review. This will cause particular problems for the Liberal Democrats who are 'wishy washy' on the question of Trident...they want something but they don't know what!!. The problem for Labour is worse with many of their newly elected MP's being opposed to Trident and that includes the new Labour member for South Clwyd, Susan Elen Jones.

It will be an interesting debate and let's see the how the Con-Dem coalition keep that one together.

Plaid Cymru/SNP/Green Press Release:
Plaid Cymru has called on Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs to support an amendment to the Queen’s Speech which would see the future of the Trident nuclear missile system considered as part of the forthcoming strategic defence and security review.

The amendment, tabled jointly by Plaid Cymru, the SNP and the Green Party, would ensure that the £100bn Trident renewal was not excluded from the defence review.

The parties hope to gain further support from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives before pushing the amendment to a vote this evening (Monday). In the coalition agreement for government the Liberal Democrats claim that they “will continue to make the case for alternatives” to Trident.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster Leader and Defence spokesperson, Elfyn Llywd MP said:

“Renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system will cost £100bn over the next 30 years. David Cameron and Nick Clegg simply must not sleepwalk into making this massive financial commitment to an outdated, ineffective weapons system.

“In the coalition’s Programme for Government, the Liberal Democrats assert they will continue to make the case for alternatives to Trident but when will they do this if the future of the system is not considered as part of a Strategic Defence Review?

“Even aside from the moral arguments, at a time when the government is looking to make cuts across all departments, it does not make sense for any spending review to ignore one of the most costly and unnecessary tax-payer funded projects.”

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson MP added:

“A strategic defence review is necessary to prioritise our defence needs in a changed world, but you cannot have a meaningful debate about that if you start by excluding the future of the Trident programme.

“Our view remains that it should be scrapped and more so, at a time when public spending faces savage cuts across the board, the time has come to accept that Trident can no longer be treated as some sacred cow.

“It will be a sham exercise if the UK Government proceeds with a defence review that does not include the future of the hyper-expensive Trident programme while considering cuts to other conventional forces and operations.

“Anyway that you look at it; on moral, economic or political grounds, renewal of these weapons of mass destruction is untenable.”

Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas MP added:

“As we begin a new parliament with a new government, the time has come to rise above party politics and fundamentally challenge the decision to renew Trident.

“We cannot continue to lecture countries such as Iran on the implications of their nuclear programme whilst proceeding blindly with our own – a move which would be both hypocritical and dangerous.

"Moreover, nuclear weapons remain a costly distraction from the real security threats we face, like climate change. The billions being spent on Trident replacement could be much better spent on investing in developing the infrastructure we need for a zero carbon economy, as well as in protecting public services.

"To use the money on a project that will make Britain and the world a far more dangerous place is politically irresponsible, morally bankrupt, and economically obscene."


Anonymous said...

Could be an interesting alliance of progressives in the uk parliament - and we'll see where lib dems and labour mps vote on this key issue. despite susan elan jones's anti-trident rhetoric, I'll wait and see which way she votes.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

I'm sure she will be called to have a chat with the whip's...don't think this will be a free vote somehow!!