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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 February 2016
Trident: thousands to march - scrap all nukes!
Thousands are due to demand that Trident nuclear weapons be scrapped, taking to the streets on 27 February.
The government wants to renew Trident - at an estimated cost of £100 billion over its lifetime. The Tories are splurging on weapons of mass destruction while cutting vital public services to the bone. They say there 'isn't any money' for them.
Trident is a criminal waste of money, enough to hire 150,000 nurses and teachers.
Far from being a necessary investment in our security, nukes are a costly white elephant. In the best case scenario, the weapons will simply sit at the bottom of the ocean for years. The alternative does not bear thinking about: they have the potential to kill millions.
Trident does not make us any more secure. It is a Cold War throwback, at a time when the greatest threat comes from terrorist groups, not opposing blocs of world powers. Despite all the bluster about Britain's 'independent' nuclear deterrent, the programme can't work without US support.
Most people oppose Trident renewal, yet all the major parties back it. A majority of Labour members support Corbyn's position of nuclear disarmament. But he faces a fight with the right wing to make it party policy.
Unions like Unite, which organises Trident workers, favour renewal because of the jobs.
Those workers should be reemployed on science and engineering projects, such as clean energy, where their skills will benefit society.
Nuclear arms are not the hot topic they once were, but plans for renewal put them back in the spotlight. Any movement against them must link up with the anti-austerity movement and trade unions: for jobs and services, not genocidal vanity projects.
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In The Socialist 24 February 2016:
What we think
EU referendum: Vote OUT the Tories
Socialist Party news and analysis
Junior doctors: back new strikes
Trident: thousands to march - scrap all nukes!
Butterfields tenants demand action against evictions at Labour estate agent awards
Children take over County Hall in protest at cuts
'Benefit tourism' twaddle
Cameron, Cameron, meal snatcher
Them & Us
Tower Hamlets to take anti-cuts fight into the council chamber
Leeds sets up people's budget campaign
Leeds Labour 'anti-austerity' meeting: jam tomorrow
Socialist Party feature
Unison at a crossroads
International socialist news and analysis
Hong Kong: new year riot
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
Victory for striking EDF energy workers
Pensions strike by water workers in Warrington
Fresh round of strikes against fresh round of cuts
Stress, abuse and long hours for London bus drivers
Workers unite to fight pay attack in Leicester
Workplace news in brief
Khrushchev: the Stalinist who denounced Stalin
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
One-woman tragedy's fiery call for revolution
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Huddersfield: save our A&E!
Momentum must "take the fight to the right"!
Gateshead: reprieve for respite centre
Save Derbyshire children's centres
Wakefield: no fracking, no cuts
Cumbria cuts - the grim reaper
Campaign to save Pent Valley continues
Socialist Party Wales and North West conferences
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