Ar­ran branch of CND re­formed

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, De­spite dread­ful weather, 24 peo­ple at­tended an in­ter­est­ing meet­ing at the Or­mi­dale Pav­il­ion in Brod­ick about nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment.

The meet­ing heard from the Rev John Web­ster about the his­tory of CND and the long-stand­ing pol­icy of the Church of Scot­land in favour of nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment. Elsa Rodeck and Isla Blair of Ar­ran Women in Black spoke about their reg­u­lar wit­ness for peace on Ar­ran.

The in­clu­siv­ity of Scot­tish CND was em­pha­sised: be­ing for peo­ple of all faiths and none, for paci­fists and those who saw the need for con­ven­tional mil­i­tary forces, for sup­port­ers of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and for those on each side of the Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence de­bate.

Af­ter a full dis­cus­sion it was agreed that there was real in­ter­est in form­ing a branch of Scot­tish CND on Ar­ran.

Two key is­sues were high­lighted in this in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sion:

1. How risks from nu­clear con­flict have re­cently been ex­ac­er­bated due to the present chal­leng­ing po­lit­i­cal cli­mate and

2. The need for in­creased aware­ness of this is­sue among younger peo­ple.

Peo­ple can eas­ily join SCND on­line or at the next meet­ing which will be held on Satur­day De­cem­ber 2 in the Or­mi­dale Pav­il­ion, Brod­ick from 2pm to 4pm.

Yours, John Page Lam­lash

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