Trident telt get oot!

100 billion pounds.

As soon as Nicola Sturgeon announced the price of renewing trident, the crowd at George Square booed and shouted as loud as they possibly could. The first minister, also called the most dangerous woman in Britain, was amongst a group of guests to attend the anti trident demonstration on Saturday (April 4th) organised by Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, acting as a prelude to the climax: a blockade of Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde next Monday.

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Some of you might be totally unaware as to what trident is. According to Wikipedia, Trident is “an operational system of four Vanguard-class submarines armed with Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles, able to deliver thermonuclear warheads from Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles.” So to put it briefly, it’s a set of nuclear weapons that will destroy anything unlucky enough to get in its way.

It’s no wonder there’s such an outcry to get rid of these barbaric weapons. Thousands of demonstrators attended, with police estimating around 2,500, CND Scotland saying that it was closer to the 4,000 mark. The event was definitely suited to George Square, a location that was exceptionally special during the referendum.

One reason I think most people, including myself, went to this event to oppose trident is because of the ridiculous price of it all. Parliament is set to waste £100 billion on renewing trident, a price that Sturgeon stated “broken down, that’ll be around £3bn a year, peaking at an eye-watering £4bn in the 2020’s.” How on earth can Westminster justify spending this much on weapons of mass destruction while they slash welfare?

On my way to the event alone I saw 5 homeless people having to beg for money and just a few miles down the road, Maryhill Foodbank was handing out food to those who are too strapped for cash to afford it. Having been to a food bank multiple times to donate food myself, I know how disheartening the atmosphere at these banks can be for those asking for food but Scotland is lucky to have some of the most selfless and caring folk. Nearly a million folk rely on the hard work of these food banks just to survive yet David Cameron will tell us over the next few weeks that Britain is on a road to recovery. Bullshit.

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Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Greens, urged everyone at the event to take the message out day after day, to friends, to family, your colleagues, your neighbours and that’s what I will do to try and finish of this post. It’s totally unjustifiable to spend billions on weapons of mass destruction and I’m sure if I asked that to anyone they’d agree. Why should we fund these weapons, solely made to kill and destroy? Say we actually have to launch Trident. Not only would it be illegal but the target would not only be killed in the most horrible way imaginable but it would never be the same. Hideous radiation causing generations worth of suffering. In the 21st century, nuclear weapons should be a thing of the past. In 2007 MPs voted to keep trident and in 2019 there will be a debate on whether or not to replace it. Who do you want to be in Westminster to oppose these horrible inventions? The Tories won’t do it. Neither will Labour, Lib Dems or UKIP. The only two parties who have shown their opposition are SNP and Greens. If you want rid of trident then you know what to do.

Sturgeon Wars: The Force Awakens

Waves of change have hit Scotland; not only are more and more young people becoming engaged in politics but the way in which politics is structured has also been affected. Seemingly this is all thanks to one person in particular; Nicola Sturgeon.

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Born and raised in Prestwick on July 19th 1970, she’s notoriously well known for her unparalleled skill in debates. Having studied at Glasgow University and graduated with a prestigious honours degree in Law, something that has assisted her greatly during her career. At 16, Sturgeon joined the SNP and quickly worked her way up the ranks.

Almost immediately after joining she became a member of the Nuclear Disarmament Group and became their Youth Affairs and Publicity vice Convener. Although she failed to win her first two elections, she caught the attention of her fellow party members and was appointed as SNP’s spokesperson for energy and education matters. After becoming an elected member in 1999, Sturgeon served as a shadow cabinet member for both Alex Salmond and John Swinney. She took on numerous roles over this 5-year span in the shadow cabinet, including shadow minister for children and education, shadow minister for health and community care and shadow minister for justice. As leader of the SNP at Holyrood, due to Alex Salmond still serving as a MP in the House Of Commons, Sturgeon became a high profile politician in Scottish politics. This was cemented by her 2007 win for the Glasgow Govan seat and she was then made Deputy First minister, the first female to do so.

Following Scotland’s decision to stay in the UK, Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister and elections to choose a new leader were underway. With virtually no competition for the position, Sturgeon was announced as leader of the SNP on the 14th November and was officially sworn into the post of First Minister on the 20th of that same month.

Last night’s debate was important for everyone involved and speculation beforehand raised a lot of questions. Would Milliband be able to prove himself as a capable candidate? Will Nick Clegg manage to recover and sway the audience after the tuition fee disaster? Would Farage say something racist? The most important one was who would win? With over 2000 members joining the SNP as of last night, Yougov’s poll showing 28% thought Sturgeon won it, putting her in first place, and hundreds upon hundreds of people from around the UK praised her and wished they could vote for her party, it’s clear who did win. If there’s anything to know about Sturgeon, it’s that she’s tired of Westminster being ruled by public schoolboys.

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Here come the girls.