Badenyon.org is a nuclear-free zone.
The UK government has announced an intention to replace the ageing and irrelevant trident D2 nuclear weapons system. This is a disaster for us all.
See the Faslane365 website for the latest on resistance to the UK's weapons of mass destruction.
Mark recently (06Feb2007) wrote to the scientific journal Nature following their publishing a news item and an editorial that criticised the UK government for not involving scientists in the debate about renewal versus refurbishment, but failing to mention the idea that the end of Trident is a good time to give up on the UK system altogether, and go nuclear-free. They may or may not publish it... A copy of the letter is here.
the news article is
Nature 445, 464-465 (1 February 2007) | doi:10.1038/445464a; Published online 31 January 2007
the editorial is
Nature 445, 459-460 (1 February 2007) | doi:10.1038/445459b; Published online 31 January 2007
ACADEMICS & SCHOLARS BLOCKADE
Mark went with his academic colleagues from round the world to Faslane on 07 January 2007 for a seminar and blockade of the base.
Over 80 people listened to impassioned and well argued talks on the economics, ethics and politics of Trident and its replacement. Mark made a short presentation on Biodiversity. We closed the North gate of Faslane for 5 and a half hours before being arrested for 'breaching the peace'.
During the blockade, we made a scratch performance of Will. Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', with extemporised additions and mutations of the text:
"Some are born nuclear free,
some achieve nuclear freedom,
and some (will) have nuclear freedom thrust upon them
Hey nonny no, &c"
Photos of the action are available at the faslane365 website as well.
There's comment and discussion at http://www.acronym.org.uk/uk/index.htm
Chris Booth has been actively singing down trident: see him with such august company as Roy Bailey and Billy Bragg (and many other writers and singers). Photos on his website: http://www.araucaria.org.uk/photos/Faslane365/, and also some on the Faslane 365 website: http://faslane365.org/en/power_of_the_word/power_of_the_word_photo_gallery .
Here are the texts of the disarmament treaties, the CND's alternative white paper, and the UK government's excuses.
The Non Proliferation Treaty - we signed this, and it says we will disarm.
The text of the 2000 Nuclear Disarmament Conference Agreement pdf
The CND alternative white paper pdf
The text of Tony Blair's statement to the House of Commons, Monday 04 12 2006