FABIANI DISGUST AS WESTMINISTER PUSH ON WITH TRIDENT REPLACEMENT

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has expressed her disgust at the UK Government for pressing forward with Trident renewal, committing to £350m to the weapons of mass destruction project while ignoring the repeated requests of the Scottish Government for £300m in accelerated capital spending for a programme of investment in 30 shovel-ready projects across Scotland.

Linda said:

“With every £100m of capital investment in ‘shovel-ready projects’, such as those planned for the upgrade of the Raith Interchange, there is an estimated 1400 jobs – that’s what the people of Scotland need.

“To make matters worse, whilst committing to this multi-billion pound monstrosity, the UK Government is creating real uncertainty for Scotland’s defence communities after refusing to rule-out cuts to our historic units.

“The MoD have confirmed, less than 3 per cent of regular army units are now stationed in Scotland – that is just 4 of 148 major regular army units.  For over a decade Scotland has been short changed, losing more than 11,000 defence jobs and enduring a £5.6billion underspend.
“With the UK back in recession Westminster should be investing this money in ‘shovel-ready projects’ and protecting defence communities to boost jobs and growth, instead of blowing it on weapons of mass destruction.

“Scotland doesn’t want nuclear weapons – the Scottish Parliament, a majority of MPs, civic Scotland and the Scottish public have made their opposition plain time and again.
“Whatever way you look at it, Trident is morally, economically and politically untenable – that is why the SNP will continue to fight to have it scrapped altogether.”

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.