Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Three former UK Royal Navy Commanders sent a letter to all UK parliamentarians on April 1 questioning the policy of maintaining a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent.

The commanders note that the Pound 2 billion a year cost of maintaining this nuclear posture and readiness for war appear to be unjustifiable, especially as the economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic are mounting, and while there appears to be no threat of a '' nuclear attack against the UK, for which the policy is intended to counter.

In addition, the letter questions the decision by parliament to invest even more substantial resources in building new nuclear warheads and the submarines to carry them.

said Commander Robert Forsyth RN (Ret'd), a former nuclear submariner, signatory to the letter and supporter of the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign.

The letter was organised by the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and sent to all members of the UK House of Commons, UK House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, and Northern Ireland Assembly.

said Tom Unterrainer, Director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. "."

The signatories to the letter hope that their efforts to question the nuclear 'Continuous At Sea Deterrent' will encourage politicians and the wider public to begin to question the morality and the feasibility of nuclear weaponry.

According to Commander Robert Green RN (Ret'd), former nuclear-armed aircraft bombardier-navigator and one of the other co-signers of the letter, Commander Green is also a supporter of the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign)

The letter was organised by the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and sent to all members of the UK House of Commons, UK House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, and Northern Ireland Assembly.

said Tom Unterrainer, Director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. "."

The signatories to the letter hope that their efforts to question the nuclear 'Continuous At Sea Deterrent' will encourage politicians and the wider public to begin to question the morality and the feasibility of nuclear weaponry.

According to Commander Robert Green RN (Ret'd), former nuclear-armed aircraft bombardier-navigator and one of the other co-signers of the letter, Commander Green is also a supporter of the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign)

The letter was supported by a number of UK parliamentarians including Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP (, Lord Green of Deddington, Baroness Sue Miller of Chilthorne Domer and Bill Kidd. Baroness Miller and Mr Kidd are the UK Co-Presidents of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

,' said Baroness Sue Miller. '

said Bill Kidd MSP, who also serves as the Convenor of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament.

"concluded Mr Kidd.

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