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British bands oppose nuclear weapons plan

Snow Patrol

Story by Jack Foley

SNOW Patrol (pictured), Bloc Party and Razorlight are among more than have 50 British artists opposed to government plans to modernise the UK’s nuclear weapons system.

The musicians have signed a statement released by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) that calls for “peace and justice, not nuclear weapons and war”.

The artists – who also include Radiohead’s Thom Yorke – argue that the billions of pounds earmarked for the modernisation would be better used to fund health and education.

MPs are scheduled to vote next month on the nuclear weapons proposal but will be in no doubt as to the strength of public opposition against them.

Bloc Party’s frontman Kele believes that spending billions on nuclear weapons will bring the world closer to “global catastrophe”, especially in light of pressing concerns over climate change.

And he was backed by former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, who described political leaders as “hypocrites and warmongers”.

The bands have been moved into action following comments by Prime Minister Tony Blair that he wants to keep the Uk’s nuclear weapons system to guard against the risk of a future nuclear threat.

In December, he told MPs that it would be “unwise and dangerous” for the country to give up its nuclear weapons and he is also believed to be pushing for a new generation of submarines to be built, at an estimated cost of £15bn to £20bn over 30 years, to carry the UK’s existing Trident missiles.

He is also calling for the UK to join the US programme to extend the life of the Trident missiles until 2042, and then to “work with” America on successor missiles.

An anti-Trident demonstration is to be held in London on Saturday, February 24, 2007, which has been jointly organised by the CND, the Stop the War Coalition and the British Muslim Initiative.

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