The UK government is planning to spend £100 billion on new nuclear weapons, at a time when so many vital public services are experiencing massive cuts.
In March 2015 we cycled from London to Burghfield, near Reading, where the government produces and maintains its totally useless and immoral ‘Trident’ nuclear weapons. We want to raise awareness about this outrageous prioritisation of public money and highlight how resources could be better spent. Watch the video above to find out more!
On our journey we stopped off to challenge some of the few companies who profit from the nuclear weapons, and to show solidarity with some of the many who are really suffering because of the unnecessary government cuts.
If the government chooses to buy a new generation of nuclear weapons next year, it will cost £100 billion. This could instead be spent on the common good – on the NHS, schools, and renewable energy. This would help to create genuine, sustainable security, which tackles the roots of the most pressing threats to our society, like climate change.
By physically linking the nuclear profiteers and some of the many badly affected by the cuts (as well as some of the people who are resisting this austerity), travelling by bicycle, we aimed to show the society we want to live in: a healthier one, with well-resourced free education for all, powered by renewable energy.
This action was part of Action AWE’s Act, Speak, Vote > Disarm month of action.
On Thursday 30th April – with one week to go before the General Election – we visited the offices of Trident profiteers Lockheed Martin, Serco and Jacob’s Engineering (who together build nuclear weapons for the British government).
In September, we joined Critical Mass to take action against the DSEI arms fair, in Wheel Stop DSEI! Find out why, and the links the arms fair has to nuclear weapons, here.
In spring 2016 we’ll be building up to a big action on the eve of the government’s decision on Trident replacement. Watch this space!