Putting aside the soap of a UK General Election where the Tories and Labour Parties still seem to be fighting the SNP on the basis of Independence Referendum issues (there might be a post in the pipeline on that), an interesting development is unfolding vis a vis the renewal of Trident.
As background, the SNP have stated that Trident is a red line for them in the event of any formal arrangement between themselves and Labour post election. In a reflection of ‘official lines’, this has been taken to mean that any coalition or confidence and supply arrangement between the parties is ‘off the table’.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, a whopping 81% of candidates from all parties contesting seats in the General Election who responded to a CND survey (500), are opposed to renewing Trident. The Scotsman (a right wing Scottish broadsheet) reports that 75% of Labour’s candidates oppose the renewal.
The same Scotsman news item linked above begins…
LABOUR’S shadow business minister, Ian Murray, has broken ranks with the party leadership over the renewal of Trident by stating that he would not vote for the renewal of the submarine missile fleet under any circumstances.
Minor update on survey numbers added for clarity – Bill