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McNeilly report: does Trident defend us or put us at more risk?

By now you should have read about whistleblower William McNeilly who has revealed extensive security concerns on the Trident nuclear submarines where he worked, ranging from “food hygiene and a flooded toilet” to describing the “complete lack of security, floods, and a blazing inferno in the Missile Compartment” in a damning report titled The Nuclear […]

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Where do YOUR leaders stand on Trident?

With the General Election fast approaching I have been calling on PPCs everywhere to listen to young people’s views on Britain’s nuclear weapons. It has been reported that many hold differing views to their main party-line, so I thought I’d have a chat with the candidates standing in my area – Erith and Thamesmead – to see what […]

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Young people and politics: how I found my voice

With the UK General Election a few days away the nation has descended into a political fervor pitch with debates – or are they squabbles? – being televised by including all of the major parties. Analysts and experts have had their say on the matter, with many interpreting a said policy from a said particular […]

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Renewing Trident doesn’t have to mean business as usual for Britain’s nuclear strategy

The question of whether or not the UK should replace its four nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines is an important one. With these submarines, each armed with 40 thermonuclear warheads, Britain practices constant at-sea deterrence (CASD). At any given moment a British submarine is on patrol, poised to respond to a potential nuclear attack. The main […]

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Holiday at HMNB Clyde?

By Holly Lubran, WMD Awareness Ambassador & Intern ‘As with all MoD sites, safety at HMNB Clyde is of paramount importance,’ maintained the Ministry of Defence when questioned about the 316 nuclear safety events and 71 fires that occurred at Faslane between 2008 and 2013. Despite the fact that there have been numerous radioactive substances leaking […]

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Can we create a world free from nuclear weapons?

The second in our ‘We need to talk about nukes’ events with BASIC came at an interesting time for British politics: despite the Scottish Nationalist Party’s (SNP) promise to remove Britain’s nuclear weapons from Faslane in Scotland in the event of a yes vote for Independence, Scotland had indeed just voted no. So we were […]

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What can Britain learn about nuclear disarmament from South Africa?

Britain claims Trident, its nuclear weapons system, gives it greater leverage in international affairs and is a required deterrent. In 1994 – 20 years ago – South Africa became the only State ever to have built nuclear weapons and voluntarily dismantled them all. If, as Britain says, nuclear weapons are so helpful in maintaining political […]

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What young people don’t, but should, know about Britain’s nuclear weapons

For governments seeking to strengthen their own agendas it can help to have a minimally informed or, at least, somewhat apathetic electorate. And so important political decisions are often veiled in a cloak of terminology that alienates voters – especially young voters. To me this tactic is glaringly apparent in the British government’s approach to […]

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