20 June 2012
Carwyn Jones announced in the Senedd yesterday that the UK's Nuclear Fleet would be more than welcome at Milford Haven if an Independent Scotland wanted to get rid of them.
Pippa Bartolotti, Wales Green Party Leader said today: "The sight of the First Minister yet again fawning to the Westminster government over military contracts destroys the self-respect of the people of Wales. It is already unacceptable that Wales facilitates the testing of military drones at Aberporth. These unmanned aerial vehicles are responsible for the execution of countless innocent families in Pakistan, Gaza and beyond.
"And now we are opening Welsh arms to Trident and the storage of nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Wales needs jobs, but a job of this type could only be taken under sufferance. Were these weapons to be used in anger, you can be sure that the people of Wales would be ashamed of their part in it. The First Minister has a duty to provide us with decent jobs, not to make us purveyors of weapons of mass destruction."
The Green Party believes that nuclear weapons remain a costly distraction from the real security threats the UK faces, like climate change and energy security. The billions being spent on Trident replacement could be much better spent on developing the infrastructure urgently needed for a zero carbon economy, and protecting public services.
Pippa Bartolotti also said: "It is adding insult to injury to axe historic Welsh Regiments to save the MoD money, then invest the savings in a Cold War weapons system which is the most destructive on the planet. At a time when the cuts will be biting hard, Trident will be siphoning billions from the public purse. To facilitate a project that will make Wales and the world a far more dangerous place is politically irresponsible and morally bankrupt."
The SNP Government in Scotland have stated categorically that Scotland will not be home to the UK's Nuclear Fleet. There are very few options available to the UK Government. Milford Haven is one of the few deep water harbours available to accommodate these submarines. The UK Government at present have no alternative to Faslane and Coulport - there is nowhere else in the UK with the necessary infrastructure to handle the warheads.
Pippa Bartolotti is the Leader of the Wales Green Party