Ballot on Trident

Hastings Against War in the town centre
Hastings Against War in the town centre

Residents and shoppers in the town centre were given an opportunity to express their views on the subject of nuclear weapons on Saturday (April 11).

Members of the peace campaigning group Hastings Against War staged a ‘people’s ballot’ on the issue.

We should scrap Trident because it is immoral to threaten to destroy people and wipe out the planet

Fiona MacGregor

Residents were given a chance to vote for or against the renewal of Trident, the nuclear-armed submarines based in Scotland.

There will be a House of Commons vote next year on whether to renew the Trident system.

John Enefer, from Hastings Against War, said: “The campaigners asked whether £100 billion should be spent on renewing Trident at a time of widespread cuts, to everything from the NHS to conventional military spending.”

Rona Drennen, also of Hastings Against War, said that the money that would fund Trident is ‘hard-earned money from the British people and should be spent on creating a better future’.

Fiona MacGregor, another member of the group, said: ‘We should scrap Trident because it is immoral to threaten to destroy people and wipe out the planet.”

The group said that in the ‘people’s ballot’ 82 per cent of the votes were against renewing the nuclear weapons system.

Hastings Against War meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace, Hastings. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

Hastings Against War was formed in February 2003, when local peace campaigners and anti-war activists came together to oppose the invasion of Iraq.

Working locally, and making links with other national groups, Hastings Against War has consistently campaigned against the invasion of Iraq. Members continue to highlight conditions in Iraq as well as making links with other anti-war groups and organisations, and joining with others to oppose all wars.