On the eve of the Scrap Trident Bairns Not Bombs Blockade of the Faslane nuclear weapons base in Scotland Mercury Prize winning hiphop band Young Fathers backed the blockade saying “If there’s a nuclear war we’re all fucked.”
“Humans already have the ability to destroy the world. We can only blow it up the once. If there’s a nuclear war we’re all fucked.Fuck the Generals. Fuck the arms industry. We’ve got to start somewhere – no nukes. Love Young Fathers.”
The statement came after the Edinburgh based group joined in a letter with other musicians and scientists published in The Observer calling on the UK government to “move on” from pinning our security on Trident nuclear weapons.
The letter, also signed by Helena Kennedy QC and Nobel Prize winner Prof Peter Higgs says: “The UK should become the first permanent member of the UN Security Council to give up all its nuclear weapons, transforming the nuclear club from within. Instead of protecting us, hosting nuclear weapons makes us a target for the disaffected. And any accident would lead to a humanitarian disaster. Having nuclear weapons diverts resources and attention from tackling our most urgent security problems, including climate and environmental destruction.”
The letter concluded “We should invest military spending on conflict prevention. By moving on from Trident, we can more effectively serve the needs and the potential of our country and a changing world.”
This will truly be the Bairns Not Bombs blockade, with grannies and families among those taking a stand against the threat of use of nuclear weapons and for future generations and our planet. What will our children and granchildren think of us if twenty, fifty years from now in unforeseen circumstances these weapons are used at the cost of the earth? Now is the time to abandon the outmoded and unacceptable reliance on the threat of use of nuclear weapons for our security and place our trust in better ways of securing peace and prosperity.
Hundreds of activists, including Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, are expected to converge on the Trident submarine base tomorrow and to blockade all the gates to the nuclear weapons base from 7am on.