Monday, 26 September 2016 14:41

TRIDENT an immoral and expensive status symbol

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SNP MSP Bill Kidd has described Trident as an “immoral and expensive status symbol” as the United Nations marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Sept 26).

The Glasgow MSP – who is Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) – has reiterated the SNP’s desire for Scotland and the rest of the world to be free of nuclear weapons.

Commenting, Mr Kidd said:

“It is wrong in principle to build yet more nuclear weapons – but the staggering cost shows how committed the Tories are to this immoral and expensive status symbol at the expense of investment in public services and conventional defence.

“Trident will cost the taxpayer an estimated £167bn to £205bn at a time when the Tories tell us that ordinary families must bear the brunt of austerity.

“It’s time for the Tories to ditch their boys-with-toys obsession with nuclear weapons and invest in the defence forces we need – like the frigates we were promised would be built on the Clyde.”

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