The Trident nuclear base has been condemned by the Scottish Government’s green watchdog for its “poor” environmental performance after it polluted the Clyde with toxic chemicals. The Ferret can reveal that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) criticised the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine base at Faslane near Helensburgh for breaching pollution rules in 2019. According to the navy this was because a “higher than usual level of chlorination” was detected in the Gareloch off Faslane. The base uses chlorine to prevent its waste discharge pipes from becoming clogged by algae, barnacles and seaweed.
The Ferret 27th April 2021 read more »
It is the most marginal seat in Scotland, and number one on the SNP target list. The Nationalists are gunning for Labour’s Jackie Baillie, who squeezed into Holyrood by 109 votes last time, and is seen by the SNP’s candidate, Toni Giugliano, as acutely vulnerable, on the grounds she has held the seat since the Scottish Parliament was first created in 1999, and, in his view, “it’s time for a change”. In Dumbarton, defence is a critical issue. Trident and the nuclear submarines based at Faslane, continue to draw controversy. Baillie has broken with her own party, Scottish Labour, and supports retaining nuclear weapons, pointing out that jobs at the base pay 20 per cent more than the average wage in the area. Maurice Corry, who polled less than half the Labour vote at the last election, nevertheless increased his share of the vote by nearly three per cent, and got in on the list vote. As a former Black Watch officer, he has pledges to support Trident and local jobs. Giugliano denies the SNP policy would close the base, but says it would retain it as the tri-service headquarters of Scotland’s army, navy and air force. “Nuclear are yesterday’s weapons,” he says. “I’ve yet to see evidence on the impact nuclear weapons have had in deterring modern security threats.”
Times 28th April 2021 read more »