Kent Green Party wants the Trident nuclear missile system immediately added to the Government’s Defence Review and lit of spending cuts.
Steve Dawe comments:
“The most expensive single element of the Government’s future defence budget is Trident nuclear missile renewal, at about £97 billion over the life of the system (1). Since the Coalition, the Ministry of Defence and the main opposition Party are all divided about this expenditure, there is good reason to cancel this spending(2). Kent Green Party asserts that with this cut, fair taxation and a closure of tax havens, the excessive cuts now hitting front line services could be abandoned(3).
“The implications for public sector employment and household spending with local businesses in Kent would, overall, be to keep a lot of people in work. Continuing on the Coalition’s present path, as many economists are arguing, will lead to a ‘double dip recession.’
“Kent Green Party does not accept that nuclear weapons are a ‘deterrent.’ If this was the case, then Argentina would never have attacked the Falkland Islands. Similarly, Georgia would not have taken the risk that its actions might provoke the Russian Federation, a state with nuclear weapons, to attack Georgia. In short, nuclear ‘deterrence’ is a big lie and people should not be paying with their jobs in Kent and Medway to keep Trident or other British nuclear weapons. Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month should be marked by the Coalition cancelling Trident as its contribution to reducing nuclear proliferation(4).”
Steve Dawe, Press Officer, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 and 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and Published by Kent Green Party both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.
1. Figure calculated by Greenpeace.
2. For example: Trident: There are big arguments at the Ministry of Defence this week, and the row about who pays for a new Trident missile system, if at all, is only part of it. The current defence budget, at somewhere around £37.5bn a year, is already overspent by a wide margin particularly on equipment. Under the coalition government's austerity proposals, defence spending must be reined in by between 10% and 20% in the first instance, and by 33% within five years. Guardian 20th July 2010 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/20/defence-cuts-liam-fox-trident-treasury AND Britain's defence programme is "entirely unaffordable" as it stands, the defence secretary, Liam Fox, said yesterday, in a speech preparing contractors and the military for a shift in spending priorities. His assessment came after he confirmed over the weekend that the Ministry of Defence was being asked to foot the bill for the capital costs of renewing Trident. If he loses that battle, ministerial allies have warned there would have to be a further cut to troop numbers than that
already accepted by Fox. Guardian 21st July 2010 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jul/21/defence-bill-unaffordable-warns-liam-fox
AND: National Audit Office says MoD must stop "living beyond its means" - Liam Fox says the defence programme is "entirely unaffordable" as it stands - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10704416
3. Full details of the Green Party’s spending and cuts commitments can be found in its general election manifesto. Copy available by email on request to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration events 2-12 August: details: http://www.cnduk.org/index.php/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,1/extid,141/extmode,view/