First step on long road to a safer world

Date: Tuesday 24th July 2018

Sir, Some believe that President Donald Trump should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his consultations on nuclear disarmament with world leaders.

Last year the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was among the peace groups actually awarded this prize for the UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons and signed by 122 nations.

CND is urging our Government to sign the treaty and so abandon the Trident system of nuclear weapons, comprising four submarines carrying 16 missiles apiece, each capable of wiping out at least 800,000 people and delivering deadly damage to our planet. We are funding the renewal of Trident, estimated to cost a staggering £205 billion, in order to create a hair-trigger to apocalypse while struggling to find resources to cope with our present and actual dangers of cyber-attack, terrorism, global warming and the collapse of the NHS.

The road to nuclear disarmament will be long and difficult and we can make only a small contribution. But the abandonment of the Trident illusion — that it protects the UK and allows us to “punch above our weight” — would be a first step. The longer we delay the greater the danger becomes.

Join us in our peaceful events on 6th August for Hiroshima Day in Cumbria. Yours etc,

IRENE SANDERSON

(Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND)

Penrith.