A big thank you to the thousands of people from across the country who came to London on Saturday to wrap the Ministry of Defence in pink peace scarf! Maybe some of you still think it’s an odd thing to do, but quirky or not, we certainly captured the popular imagination and were a particular hit with young people. The students with ‘Books not Bombs’ placards sent a strong pro-free education message as we marched to parliament following the ‘wrap-up’, and ‘NHS not Trident’ was probably the day’s favourite slogan.
Media coverage must have been at an all time high – it’s not often we get coverage in The Times and the Daily Mail, just to mention a couple of the many media outlets, and it was pretty fair coverage too.
Last week’s high profile for Trident helped – thanks to the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party for helping make this a crucial general election issue. As events in Greece have shown, political change is possible, and getting rid of Trident is definitely something that can happen.
Now let’s redouble our efforts to scrap Trident. Let’s make sure that every single parliamentary candidate is lobbied over and over again: scrapping Trident is a vote winner not a vote loser. It is the MPs that are elected in May who will vote on whether or not to replace Trident in 2016. They have to know that what they think on this issue will make all the difference to their electoral prospects.
Together we can make it happen!