An estimated 60,000 people from across the political and social spectrum of Britain marched on London today to protest against the renewal of Britain’s fleet of Trident nuclear missile-armed submarines (SSBNs). Among the most prominent members of the march was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who must have felt he was on familiar ground having been quite a prolific anti-nuclear campaigner in the 1980s. He was joined by Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
At the climax of the march, Corbyn made an impassioned speech to the crowd saying;
You don’t achieve peace by planning for war. We live in a world where so many things are possible. Where peace is possible in so many places. You don’t achieve peace by planning for war, grabbing resources and not respecting each other’s human rights. Today’s demonstration is an expression of many people’s opinions and views. I’m here because I believe in a nuclear-free Britain and a nuclear-free future.