Firstly I would like to wish a healthy and happy new year to you all, as your Chair of Policy Group for 2021. VFP are a special group of people with a wish to pursue peace here in the UK and around the world, which is something we can all be proud of. With that in mind can I set you all a task. This last week has seen the entry into International law of the Treaty of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 52 Nations now having signed and ratified this. Another 70 have indicated an intention to do so in the future. We of course refused to take part in the process, and the current Government has stated that it will never, ever, agree or comply with this treaty, even though we did sign and ratify the banning of Chemical Weapons, Biological Weapons, Landmines, and Cluster bombs. We as a group should not let them get away with this. So can I ask you all who reside in the UK to write to your MP quoting the following Article VI of the Nuclear None Proliferation Treaty, which we helped formulate, and signed and ratified in 1970.
“Each party undertakes to pursue negotiations, in good faith, on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date, and to nuclear disarmament, and on a TREATY(my emphasis) on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective International control”.
I have already done so with my own MP, and I did not like his response. I have delivered a suitable bollocking of substantial proportions in reply to which I have yet to receive another response.
I first started campaigning for nuclear disarmament in 1979 when still in the Army after NBC Instructor training at Porton Down, and nearby Winterbourne Gunner. We are closer now than ever to getting rid of these awful weapons from the World. Up and ‘at ’em.