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Anti-independence parties out of touch with people on Trident
Wednesday, 07 November 2012

trident submarine on clydeDaily Record poll proves Scots want rid of WMD

The Scottish National Party today welcomed a poll which shows less than a third of the people of Scotland want to continue with Trident nuclear weapons of mass destruction post-independence.

A poll of 500 Scots published in today’s Daily Record shows strong backing for the SNP’s post-independence proposals for Scotland to be nuclear-free, remain in the EU and NATO, as well as retain sterling.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bill Kidd who is a Co-President of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), said: “This is a very welcome poll, which in terms of defence, Europe and currency indicates growing interest in the opportunities and benefits of independence.

“Trident is a staggering waste of money on unwanted and unusable weapons of mass destruction, and people clearly do not want it in an independent Scotland.  But Labour's Johann Lamont and the other anti-independence leaders' heads remain stuck in the sand over Trident being dumped in Scotland - which would be for the next 50 years unless people vote Yes in 2014.

"Even Michael Portillo, a former Tory defence secretary, says that Trident is a 'waste of money' and 'past-sell-by-date'.

“This poll demonstrates that people do not want these obscene weapons to remain in Scottish waters, and only a Yes vote for an independent Scotland in 2014 will see Trident removed.”

Notes:

Daily Record poll:
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/almost-80-per-cent-of-scots-want-1420992

Alex Salmond, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-20234993 said: "A majority of Scots believe - as I do - that Scotland should remove nuclear weapons and we shouldn’t be spending money on trident missiles when so many of our public services require protection and so much of our economy requires investment."

 
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