Letter: Serhii Plokhy’s article (Boris Johnson is playing a dangerous nuclear game, 19 March) explains why this could not be a worse time for the government to raise the cap on nuclear warheads. Musicians for Peace and Disarmament (MPD) has been campaigning for a nuclear-free world since 1983. Although progress towards this end has been painfully slow, little did we expect such a sudden and profound setback as the recent announcement. This reckless decision threatens to destabilise the already fragile world order, and instead of using precious funds for positive purposes, it squanders them on weapons of mass destruction that can never be used, are illegal, and are inherently immoral. Society will need rebuilding after the destructive effects of the pandemic; millions of people around the world are in desperate need of help after years of conflict in their countries, yet foreign aid has been cut; and the climate emergency, now almost at the point of no return, must be made a matter of absolute priority. Along with countless other people who have expressed their dismay, MPD strongly urges the prime minister and his government to show political wisdom and moral leadership by withdrawing this plan.
Guardian 23rd March 2021 read more »
Boris Johnson’s Toxic Domestic Posturing Over Nuclear Weapons Is Threatening Britain’s Global Leadership Status.
Byline Times 23rd March 2021 read more »
The UK would open a “Pandora’s box” if it were to consider using its nuclear arsenal against non-nuclear countries possessing equivalent weapons of mass destruction, a former defence secretary has warned. Raising his concerns at Westminster, Labour peer Lord Reid of Cardowan argued against any shift in the potential deployment of the UK’s submarine-based deterrent. He made his comments this evening following the Government publishing details of its major review of foreign and defence policy, known as the Integrated Review.
City AM 23rd March 2021 read more »
The decision by the UK government to increase its nuclear arsenal is not just a matter of concern for British citizens. It is a threat to the entire global community, risking a new nuclear arms race and increasing the possibility of nuclear war. States and politicians across the world have expressed their opposition – as have peace movements and campaigners, who have sent protests to the British government.
CND 23rd March 2021 read more »