Sunday, 18 October 2015

"Welsh" Labour are digging out their CND badges. Good.

I'm not sure how I feel about the new that an organisation  called Welsh Labour Grassroots and Labour CND launched a “Stop Trident” campaign in Wales .

At the event, which was also attended by Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan and Welsh Government health minister and Cardiff West AM Professor Mark Drakeford.

On one hand its encouraging to see support for "Stop Trident" from senior  Labour figures.

But I remember  meetings and Rallies in the 80's where we would listen to Senior Labour figuers who extol the virtue of  Unilateral Disarmament only to almost completely disappear even before Blair's leadership.

Clearly it is OK for Labour MPs and AMs  to wear dig out their CND Cymru  from the bottom draw and pin them on again

yesterdays event  coincided with an event in London on Saturday morning at which Labour’s newly appointed leader Jeremy Corbyn was appointed Vice President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Llanelli MP Ms Griffith said that with Mr Corbyn opposed to the renewal of the nuclear weapons system, there was now a chance to bring together those who oppose Trident.

She said,
“Up and down the country, we are now hearing, even in some military circles, that people are questioning whether the enormous expenditure on Trident really provides value for money or offers the protection we need when the threats are very different from 60 years ago.
“You cannot combat horrific terrorist groups, living amongst innocent civilians, with a nuclear missile.

“I think there is a real opportunity now to bring together those who oppose Trident on economic or practical grounds with those who oppose Trident for deep-rooted moral and humanitarian reasons.
“With the resounding victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Leadership contest, we now have the opportunity for one of the major UK political parties to be at the forefront of a genuine re-think on Trident.”

We can wonder  how this will go down with the leader of Welsh Labour (or is he?) Carwyn Jones who back in June 2012 claimed the the UK’s nuclear deterrent would be “more than welcome” in Wales if the Scottish Government wanted rid of it,.

The First Minister told the Senedd that if the SNP wanted to remove the fleet of nuclear submarines from Faslane on the west coast of Scotland it – and the jobs which went with it – would be welcomed in Milford Haven.
Mr Jones had been asked during First Minister’s Questions about the potential to invest in Welsh ports.

He responded:

 “I did notice the Scottish Government no longer wishes to have the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, it no longer wishes to house the UK naval nuclear fleet. There will be more than a welcome for that fleet and those jobs in Milford Haven.”
All in all I welcome the reemergence of senior Welsh Labour figuers I only hope they realise that this is about wider things than Internal party feuding or ambitions and work with others in Wales  like Plaid and the Greens .

If they are prepared to do so then we can really make progress in not only stopping Trident  but for disarmament of these "Weapons of Mas Destruction" as a whole.

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