Janet Fenton: SNP will haemorrhage votes if it turns to nuclear. In a car crash of an interview with the BBC, Stewart McDonald (SNP MP for Glasgow South) appears to have allowed the dog to have eaten his homework. His weird remarks are incompatible with the commitment he made when he signed the Parliamentarian Pledge for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It appears that Stewart McDonald’s dog has also eaten his copy of his own party’s manifesto as well as his copy of the TPNW, with its absolute prohibition in: “Article 1 (e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty; and Article 1 (g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control. The perfect storm is Scottish independence and accession to the TPNW, understood by Nicola Sturgeon when she endorsed The Scottish Women’s Covenant in support of the treaty with this message. “While the Scottish Government is unable to become a party to the treaty, as First Minister I strongly support the principles of the treaty and the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. An independent Scotland would be a keen signatory and I hope the day we can do that is not far off,” she said. The SNP’s strong anti-nuclear message is at the heart of its continued support over many years. And while many hoped that the referendum would give us the power for disarmament, in 2014 the TPNW was still a dream, leaving the fear of the UK strong arming Scotland into nuclear compliance. SNP membership and support could haemorrhage like snow off a dyke if the electorate were to suspect that any caucus sought to abandon the policy at this juncture, with the possibility of a nuclear-free independent Scotland in sight. Maybe Stewart McDonald’s dog has not been in at any Nato briefings as well, if he does not understand that Nato is a military alliance with, for the moment, a nuclear armed policy. Some of the Nato states are, unlike the UK’s Government, attending the TPNW First Meeting of States Parties in Vienna next month.
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Best Engineering in Energy Solutions (BEES) and Seaborg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with South Korean regulators to identify and meet requirements for the construction and export of the Danish company’s floating nuclear power plants. Seaborg’s Compact Molten Salt Reactor (CMSR) power barge is designed to be a turn-key product which can be moored in a harbour, and be of a modular design and able to deliver between 200 MWe and 800 MWe for its 24-year lifetime. Instead of having solid fuel rods that need constant cooling, the CMSR’s fuel is mixed in a liquid salt that acts as a coolant, which means that it will simply shut down and solidify in case of emergency. The timeline for Seaborg, which was founded in 2014, has been for commercial prototypes to be built in 2024 with commercial production of Power Barges beginning from 2026.
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