Big decisions on defence, including the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent, should require the consent of Scottish politicians, a Labour shadow minister has said. Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland region, warned that “lightning rod issues”, such as the nuclear submarines based at Faslane on the Clyde and “unpopular wars such as Iraq”, had helped drive people towards Scottish independence. She made the case for Scottish politicians — either Scots MPs at Westminster or MSPs — to be given more say on such matters in a new book, which calls for the option of “radical change short of independence” to be included if there is a second referendum.
Times 26th Sept 2021 read more »
ANGRY civilian staff considering the first ever industrial action at Scotland’s nuclear naval base have broken their silence to hit out at bosses over pay. There’s never been a strike or similar action at Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport on Loch Long, where the UK’s nuclear warheads are stored.
The National 26th Sept 2021 read more »