TRIDENT COSTS SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

 

TRIDENT COSTS SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

MASSIVE FINAL COST ALREADY UNDERESTIMATED

Reports in today’s Sunday Herald newspaper show that before parliament has even debated the renewal of Trident, billions of pounds have been allocated or spent on the deadly weapons system. In addition there has been a massive underestimate in costs associated with designing reactors.

Labour and the Tories are both committed to renewing the nuclear weapons system , dumped on the Clyde just half an hour from Scotland ‘s biggest centre of population –and both Westminster parties have made clear their determination on spending £100 billion on Trident at a time of continued austerity.
This comes at a time when conventional defence is being cut to the bone – with the threat of even more savage cuts to come after the election.
Angus Robertson MP, SNP Westminster Leader and defence spokesperson commented:
“This raises some very serious questions for the MoD – costs are spiralling out of control before MPs have even had a chance to vote on renewal.
“It is utterly unacceptable that over £4 billion will be blown on replacing Trident nuclear weapons before parliament actually decides on whether or not to even give it the go ahead. Stopping Trident renewal will be an absolute priority of a team of SNP MPs elected in May. Two billion remains to be spent in the next two years – at a time of crippling austerity – yet the MoD won’t reveal when and what it will be spent on.
“It is also alarming that an additional £150 million has been spent simply due to a lack of nuclear expertise in designing the reactor. If they have underestimated the complexity of designing a nuclear reactor, it bodes ill for the weapons costs. As we know all too well, conventional forces are being cut to the bone and this Westminster government will be remembered as the one that shamefully sent out p45s to serving personnel and cut Scotland’s maritime patrol capability to the point where we are begging our allies to patrol our coastline.
 “Westminster Labour and Tory MPs are committed to renewing this obscene weapons system. In no other democracy, at a time of deep austerity and cuts, would over £4 billion be spent on committing to such a massive project without consulting parliamentarians – and bills could be piling up for under-estimates as it become increasingly clear that Trident renewal is completely out of control.
“This latest blow to the Trident project suggests that they have already underestimated the massive final cost.’’

VOTER REGISTRATION DAY | registertovote.scot

VOTER REGISTRATION DAY | registertovote.scot

SNP CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR VOTE COUNT SO SCOTLAND’S VOICE IS HEARD

The SNP has called for people across Scotland to ensure that they do not lose out on their opportunity to vote by ensuring that they are registered ahead of the Westminster election.
The issue of encouraging voter registration was raised at FMQs today, with SNP MSP Rob Gibson highlighting the allegation that almost 600,000 voters have yet to transition to individual voter registration, compared to the previous electoral register. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged those eligible to vote to register and “make their voice heard”.
The SNP is encouraging anyone who is not registered to vote at their current address to make sure they’re on the register by visiting http://registertovote.scot and filling in their details.
Commenting, SNP MSP Rob Gibson said:
“Today is national voter registration day and there couldn’t be a better time to make sure that you are registered to vote in the coming election.
“The referendum campaign saw unprecedented levels of turnout and every one of us has a duty to do all that we can to ensure that this continues in the coming election and for years to come.
“With the election now just a matter of weeks away, it is vital that anyone who isn’t registered to vote at their current address signs up to make their vote count and Scotland’s voice heard.
“It is also absolutely vital that the issue of ensuring that everyone who has previously been registered to vote moves onto the new register in time is addressed as a priority and I hope the Electoral Commission will look at ways it can do more to help voters with this process.
“This election is a major opportunity for Scotland and I hope that people across Scotland will again turn out in great numbers to use their democratic vote.
“By electing a strong team of SNP MPs, people in Scotland have a chance to ensure that Scotland gains the powers of real Home Rule to boost job-creation and make our country a fairer one for all.”

SMITH COMMISSION VETO

CARMICHAEL GIVES GAME AWAY ON SMITH COMMISSION VETO

SECRETARY OF STATE SUGGESTS SCOTLAND CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH MORE POWERS

Commenting on Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael’s admission, in evidence today to Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee, that the UK Government has inserted blocking clauses into its proposals for more devolution, Linda Fabiani MSP said:

“Alistair Carmichael has given the game away, by suggesting that Scotland can’t be trusted with new powers, which shows just how out of touch Westminster is with the public mood north of the border.

“Mr Carmichael has effectively admitted that Westminster is deliberately blocking the Scottish Government from being free to do as it wishes when it comes to issues like scrapping the Bedroom Tax.

“That is not true devolution and – whatever the protests about it not being a veto – it does not live up to the spirit of the Smith Commission’s report.”

Ms Fabiani added:

“Even the limited powers recommended by the Smith Commission do not live up to the pre-referendum rhetoric of the ‘Vow’ from the Unionist parties.

“And now we’re being told by Labour’s anti-devolution partners that we shouldn’t even have the Smith proposals without Westminster strings attached.

“That is exactly the kind of arrogant, out of touch approach that is doing such damage to all of the Westminster parties and which they face paying a very heavy price for in May.”

U.K. government out of touch!

U.K. government out of touch!

The U.K. government have proven over this last week they are really out of touch with their electorate.

What I write about was probably the biggest waste of monies this country has ever seen this last century.
The last big money waster was the state funeral of ex prime minister Lady Thatcher which we the general public contributed towards in one form or another.
This last week we the public once again contributed to another funeral, but this time it was once again about an ex prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, a rememberance day commemorating the end of the 1939 – 1945 war may have been acceptable for some but, the difference this time was a farcical first time re-enactment of a funeral? yes! a re-enactment of a funeral – what next? is this the start of MPs re-enactments of funerals?
To recap; will the future hold funeral re-enactments of ex Prime Ministers who have passed to the other side irrespective of their achievements which no single majority will ever agree to, so why did we get the BBC which we all pay for, spend our licence fee with such free abandon?
The BBC receive over £300million every year from Scotland, do we not have any say on how this astronomical fee is being spent, is it not about time we licence payers had a say on how this is spent – perhaps an independent body should be looking at how this £300million is being spent, comparing such places as Ireland who’s Government have sealed a cheaper and more sensible contract.

BRIAN COX JOINS SNP

BRIAN COX JOINS SNP

The SNP has today welcomed the news that Scottish actor Brian Cox, originally from Dundee, has quit the Labour Party and has joined the SNP.

As reported in today’s Courier, Mr Cox – who was a key campaigner for Yes in the independence referendum campaign – has left Labour as he believes that the SNP is the only party “taking forward the values of social justice” – something he says Labour has “failed” at.

Since the referendum, SNP membership has surged from around 25,000 to over 93,000.

Welcoming the SNP’s newest member, Joe FitzPatrick, SNP MSP for Dundee City West said:

“Brian Cox joining the SNP is a fabulous endorsement for the party – his deep held beliefs and passion for social justice are well known, and it is an honour to have such a talented and internationally celebrated actor as a member.

“Labour has, as Brian points out, abandoned the principles which it used to stand for – no wonder so many former Labour members have joined and are continuing to join the SNP.

“The SNP are taking nothing for granted and we will work extremely hard for every vote and seat, because if a team of SNP MPs can hold the balance of power at Westminster, we can deliver the policies and powers Scotland needs to help build a fairer and more equal country.”

ENDS

Brian Cox: Why I quit Labour for the SNP http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/politics/brian-cox-why-i-ve-quit-labour-for-snp-1.813702

SNP BEGINS CONSULTATION

SNP BEGINS CONSULTATION

Building on the benefits of being the only mass membership party in the UK, the SNP has today begun its biggest ever manifesto consultation: reaching out to over 93,000 members seeking their views ahead of May’s General Election.

In the four months following the referendum, the SNP’s membership has grown from around 25,000 on polling day to over 93,000 now. With SNP member now around one in 50 of the adult population in Scotland, the consultation is an opportunity to get involved in helping shape the party’s General Election manifesto – reflecting Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge of accessibility.

The consultation follows on from Ms Sturgeon’s tour of Scotland at the end of last year – which gave new members and their friends and family the chance to ask questions across a range of issues. Taking place at locations across Scotland from Inverness to Dumfries, the largest event saw the 12,000 capacity SSE Hydro in Glasgow booked out.

Ms Sturgeon has also pledged to hold regular Facebook Q&As and Scottish cabinet meetings at locations outside Edinburgh every two months.

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie said:

“The referendum reenergised Scottish politics, bringing citizens and politicians closer together than at any previous time in our nation’s history. It is important that this engagement continues to blossom – and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that she will play her part by being Scotland’s most accessible First Minister, leading an outward looking government that is open to members of the public.

“Since polling day, the SNP has seen our membership grow from around 25,000 to over 93,000 – around one in 50 of the adult population in Scotland – which is just one remarkable indication of the change that has swept through Scotland. The SNP are extremely keen to reach out to our new members, who reflect all of the many diverse communities of Scotland, and benefit from their experience.

“Today we are offering all of our members the opportunity to take part in shaping our manifesto – to submit ideas to put forward their ideas for consideration. This is an unparalleled opportunity for consultation with our membership across Scotland.

“A strong team of SNP MPs at Westminster will stand up for Scotland – working to stop the renewal of Trident, take forward an alternative to austerity, and protect our place in Europe. Our manifesto is an important step on the path to making our voice heard at Westminster, and including our members in the process will greatly strengthen our campaign.”

LATEST OFFICIAL SNP NEWS

LATEST OFFICIAL SNP NEWS

RECORD UCAS APPLICATIONS SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF FREE EDUCATION FROM THE SNP.

New figures showing that UCAS applications by students in Scotland have reached record levels – highlighting the importance of the SNP’s commitment to free education.

A record high of 40,850 Scottish domiciled students have applied to study at a higher education institution in Scotland next year.
One of the SNP’s first acts on taking office was to abolish backdoor tuition fees, restoring the principle of education based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:
“The fact that UCAS applications have reached record levels is a fantastic testament to the SNP’s efforts to ensure that students do not face barriers to their education.
“The abolition of tuition fees is one of the biggest achievements of the SNP Government and we remain utterly committed to protecting free education in Scotland.

“While Labour and the LibDems were happy to see students pay for their education and students south of the border face fees of up to £9000 per year, it is only the SNP that has been consistently on the side of students in Scotland”.

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URL METRICS UK RANKING

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ASDA FOUNDATION FLOORED AGAIN

ASDA FOUNDATION FLOORED AGAIN

Regular readers of this website will have known about the Inchgarth Debacle where by they raised money to pay for a new hall floor before ASDA stepped in and paid for it again.

Proof Asda paid for a job already paid and completed months earlier picture

International Scotland raised the issue with ASDA’s charity arm the ASDA FOUNDATION’.

We were contacted by Mr Paul Kelly who was their man in charge who told us everything was above board even though we had proof of wrong doing of an ACC elected member.

It now turns out Mr Kelly was as rotten as they come because we have just found out Mr Kelly resigned for giving his male partner £180,000 of FOUNDATION funding to his dance studio.

Surely this means the investigation into the £10,000 grant given to inchgarth Community Centre in Aberdeen has to be reopened so the general public can trust its charitable status.

Background;

Inchgarth asked it 2500 members to donate their entire members fees to buy a new floor in an Aberdeen City Council owned building they further layed on an concert event which was relly well attended and raised enough money for the floor to be relaid and completed in March of that year which was a briliant local achivement.

What was not so Briliant was that ASDA Foundation stepped in at the begining of May and offered to pay for the new floor but someone at inchgarth should have told the Asda Foundation the job had already been done and paid for but they never and as the ASDA foundation was not aware of this paid out £10,000 at the end of May.

We have now learned the ASDA FOUNDATION carried out several investigations and found this site and the website at Kaimhill.net was correct in raising these concerns about a breach in their awards processes because the Asda Foundation can not award funding for projects that have already been completed and paid for in advance of the said award!

With P Kelly not being the man he claimed to be and totally untrustworthy any investigation he had carried out into dubious funding awards should all be looked at again very closely to regain public trust in the ASDA FOUNDATION.

We think the Asda Foundation should now ask for their money back?

 

SNP FIRST CALL ON TRIDENT SAVINGS

SNP FIRST CALL ON TRIDENT SAVINGS

HEALTH AND EDUCATION WOULD HAVE FIRST CALL ON TRIDENT SAVINGS

STURGEON MAKES PLEDGE IN BBC MARR INTERVIEW

Speaking on the BBC Marr programme this morning (Sunday), Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged that an SNP group of MPs holding the balance of power in the House of Commons after May’s General Election would make halting the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system an “absolute priority” – and said that health and education would be our first call on the billions of pounds of resources freed up.

In its report in July 2014, the Trident Commission at Westminster estimated the cost of Trident renewal as some £2.9 billion a year, reaching £4 billion a year in the 2020s.

Commenting afterwards, Ms Sturgeon said:

“The Trident nuclear missile system is unusable and indefensible – and the plans to renew it are ludicrous on both defence and financial grounds.

“If we deliver a strong team of SNP MPs at the General Election, an absolute priority will be getting Trident renewal halted. And the more MPs we get elected, the greater the chances of holding the balance of power and achieving the end of Trident, which will free up enormous resources.

“The cost of Trident renewal is some £3 billion a year, rising to £4 billion in the 2020s. The NHS and education, including childcare, are our first calls for where this money could be far more productively spent – and the SNP will set out exactly what could be achieved for health care and children in Scotland with our share of the Trident money.

“This election is about big choices, and people in Scotland can achieve big changes by voting SNP. As a weapons system designed for the Cold War, the case for Trident is non-existent in 2015, and it will be utterly unlamented if we are successful in getting rid of it.

“No sensible UK Government would develop a nuclear weapons capability now if one didn’t exist. Therefore, a strong group of SNP MPs in a hung parliament, working with other progressive political forces, can bring sanity to bear now – and halt Trident renewal in its tracks.”

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