Dr Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson was Chair of CND from 2003 to September 2010 when she became General Secretary. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally.

Entries by Dr Kate Hudson

Obama: Why an Apology Is Necessary

(27) Comments | Posted 28 May 2016 | (00:00)

President Obama's moving oration at Hiroshima is timely and welcome. His compassion and dignity will be welcome to the remaining survivors that still bear witness to those terrible and unimaginable days in August 1945 when the US unleashed atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His reflections on...

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£205billion?! How the Cost of Trident Replacement Doubled

(11) Comments | Posted 12 May 2016 | (11:33)

For some years, CND has been using the figure of £100billion for the procurement and lifetime cost of a Trident replacement. From time to time, pro-Trident politicians have told me that's just absurd, as if we have plucked a wild figure out of the air. However, it has become clear...

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Scotland Reasserts Anti-Trident Consensus

(10) Comments | Posted 6 May 2016 | (18:15)

Today's results show a continuing massive anti-Trident majority in the Scottish parliament. The SNP, Scottish Labour and Greens all have clear anti-nuclear policies, together with the Lib Dems who will vote against Trident replacement even though national policy hesitates around alternatives. In party terms this adds up to 98 out...

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Thirty Years On We Must Learn the Lessons of Chernobyl

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (00:00)

Thirty years ago this week, a catastrophic nuclear accident took place. Thousands have died as a result, communities were devastated and displaced, and the legacy of environmental damage lives on.

During routine activity at the Chernobyl nuclear power station there was an unexpected power surge. As workers struggled to manage...

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Austerity Continues as Trident Spending Rises

(4) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (23:00)

The economy slows yet the government persists in following the same scorched-earth cuts policy which has already so abjectly failed. And of course this isn't just an abstract failure, to be pointed out on a graph in an economic journal, it has real human consequences.

This budget...

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Visions of Apocalypse

(10) Comments | Posted 7 May 2015 | (00:00)

As debate intensifies about the future of Britain's nuclear weapons, it's worth remembering that Trident isn't just an increasingly unpopular, expensive status symbol - it is also a weapon of mass destruction. Britain's own stockpile could kill hundreds of millions of people and current global nuclear weapons stocks...

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The Government Is Sidestepping Parliament in a Push for Trident Replacement

(8) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (23:00)

This week Parliament will ratify - without discussion - the stepping up of Britain's nuclear cooperation with the United States, under the guise of a routine treaty renewal. The treaty in question dates back to 1958 when the two countries signed the 'Agreement between the UK...

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The World Is Gathering to Discuss Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, But the UK Government Won't Even RSVP

(11) Comments | Posted 31 October 2014 | (16:12)

A question in parliament this week laid bare a contradiction at the heart of Britain's nuclear weapons policy. Jeremy Corbyn MP asked foreign office minister Tobias Ellwood whether Britain would be attending a conference in December, hosted by the Austrian government, to discuss the humanitarian consequences...

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Three Years on: The Grim Nuclear Legacy of Fukushima

(3) Comments | Posted 11 March 2014 | (14:25)

Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a "post-apocalyptic landscape" in the words of Miles O'Brien, PBS News' science correspondent, who recently visited the site.

He reported that "Each and every day, 100,000 gallons...

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Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (23:00)

Confidence in the government's strategic capacities seems to be plummeting. Last month the Defence Committee published a withering report on the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR); apart from a cost cutting objective they found nothing strategic about it. In fact the Committee went so far as...

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The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (16:01)

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Imagine if David Cameron returned from his recent trade-boosting visit to China and...

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Lib Dems Could Take Historic Step In Vote to Scrap Trident at Conference

(13) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (00:00)

On Tuesday, the Liberal Democrat Conference will debate and vote on the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system. Putting this controversial issue out for open debate is much to the party's credit and its record on challenging the status quo on Trident is streets ahead of the two...

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The Real Alternative to Trident Replacement

(57) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (00:00)

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Once out of power, politicians are remarkably willing to be candid, to critically reflect whether in memoirs or interviews, in a refreshing way quite unlike the dogmatic and tribal linguistic contrivances they engage in whilst in Westminster. One subject which crops up in this way...

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Standing Up Against a Colossal Waste of £100bn on Trident Replacement

(18) Comments | Posted 1 April 2013 | (00:00)

What are nuclear weapons? Cold War relics? Necessary evils? Indiscriminate bombs? The ultimate insurance policy? The answer of course depends on your personal outlook.

But here's another way of putting it: for the UK, nuclear weapons are over £100billion of taxpayers' money.

With that money we could:

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Trident: The Times Have Changed Says Des Browne

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (11:19)

In March 2007, Des Browne was the hawkish Labour defence secretary who pushed the Trident replacement resolution through parliament, in the face of a huge rebellion from his own backbenchers - the biggest since Labour came to power in 1997. Recalling the debates at that time, Browne was adamant that...

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Why We're Calling for a Cut at This Saturday's Anti-cuts Demonstration

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2012 | (14:17)

If the government says there is no money for health, for education, for jobs, that we must cut back spending and embrace austerity, then why is it wasting money on nuclear weapons? Why is it spending over £2 billion a year on the existing system, and why is it planning...

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Towards a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East

(4) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (11:46)

Tucked away between the nuclear superpowers Russia and China - with nuclear-armed India and Pakistan hovering on the horizon - the countries of the Central Asian nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) have voluntarily eschewed nuclear weapons and entered a legal commitment to maintain that status. In such a potentially...

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Labour's Trident Policy is a Cold War Relic: Time for a Serious Reappraisal

(11) Comments | Posted 28 September 2012 | (14:04)

There can be little doubt that Britain's nuclear weapons will be a hot topic in the next general election campaign. With a decision on whether or not to replace Trident previously expected in this parliament, one of the coalition government's early decisions was to push this controversial choice back to...

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