Monday, October 15, 2012
CND National Conference supports call for cuts in military spending
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) unanimously supported the resolution from Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group at its annual conference on Sunday (14 October 2012).
The conference noted that the government is maintaining high levels of military spending, while making swingeing cuts to essential public services, like adult social care. The conference resolved to “continue to campaign for the immediate decommissioning of all UK nuclear weapons”, to “campaign for the conversion of jobs in both the nuclear and so-called 'conventional' defence sectors to jobs in peaceful and productive sectors of the economy, such as green technology and renewable energy” and to “campaign for the transfer of at least 50% of current government spending on so-called 'defence' to fund proportionate increases in spending on health, education and social care.”
Pat Sanchez who spoke in favour of the motion said,
“While, children’s social care spending is being decimated and adult social care is being cut by 28%, Cameron and Clegg admit, in their introduction to the Strategic Defence and Security Review, that the so-called “defence budget” will rise in cash terms; that, as demanded by NATO, it will cost at least 2% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product throughout each of the next four years and that they expect the UK to continue to have the fourth highest level of military spending of any country in the world. When the government is forcing local authorities like Rochdale to slash essential public services, these levels of spending on the means to kill, destroy, maim and injure are entirely unacceptable. Britain does not need military spending which is higher than any other EU country and does not need to be spending twelve times more per head of population on warfare than the Chinese government. This money should be spent on the services we need, not squandered on armaments, war and nuclear weapons.”
Pat urged people in Rochdale to support the TUC’s A Future That Works rally on Saturday 20 October 2012 and to join the ‘Cut Trident contingent on the march.
The CND conference also re-elected Pat Sanchez as an individual delegate to its National Council, while Philip Gilligan remains the representative from Greater Manchester and District CND.
For the full text of the resolution, please see http://www.cnduk.org/images/stories/conf12.pdf (pp17-18).
The Strategic Defence and Security Review is available at http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/documents/digitalasset/dg_191634.pdf
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