Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Jonathan Bartley Green Party co-leader

To hear the pres­i­dent-elect of Amer­ica call­ing for a ‘nu­clear arms race’ is deeply con­cern­ing.

Nu­clear weapons not only fail to make us more se­cure, but in­crease the dan­gers we’re fac­ing.

Trump’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to not only keep nukes but to ‘strengthen and ex­pand’ them sends a dan­ger­ous mes­sage to the rest of the world that se­cu­rity re­quires the ac­qui­si­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

At a time of in­creased ten­sion this is the com­plete op­po­site of what he should be do­ing.

For nu­clear pol­icy Trump should look to Europe, where just two months ago the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment voted in favour of a his­toric res­o­lu­tion to pro­hibit nu­clear weapons.

That is the kind of lead­er­ship global peace needs.

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