Kate Hudsons blog

Kate Hudsons blog

Dr Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since September 2010. Prior to this she served as the organisation's Chair from 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of 'CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement'.

Mar 14 2014
Tony Benn was a towering figure in British politics and a stalwart of the peace and anti-nuclear movement. We feel his absence today, with grief that we will never hear his words of wisdom again, but also with hope and re-commitment to our shared cause, inspired by his values and his life. His anti-nuclear principles underpinned so much of his political work. In February 1958, the month of CND’s foundation, Tony resigned his position as one of Labour’s front bench spokesmen on Defence, stating that he could not, "under any circumstances, support a policy which contemplated the use of atomic weapons in war". He has stood by CND on every occasion since, most recently serving as its Vice-President. And we carry the torch of his beliefs in a better world and his determination to end the sorrow of war. A world where politics is not the language of brute force but an articulation of the possible: of justice, progress, and peace. I am honoured to have shared platforms with Tony to oppose wars of aggression, from Iraq to Afghanistan, and to reject weapons which threaten the annihilation of our planet. His convictions in a world without nuclear weapons and his…
Mar 11 2014

RIP Bob Crow

Written by Kate Hudson
It was with shock and sadness that all of us here at CND heard the news of Bob Crow’s passing. We offer our sincere condolences to Bob’s family, friends and colleagues. Bob was a passionate trade unionist who fought tirelessly for his members: a man of courage and conviction. There are too few of his kind in British politics. He was also a great and principled friend of the anti-nuclear movement, and fought alongside CND to oppose replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system. His RMT anti-Trident resolution to the TUC Congress in 2006 began to turn the tide against replacement which rapidly reached majority proportions across the country. Bob described Trident as an ‘immoral’ and ‘scandalous waste of public funds’. In his inimitable style, he confrontedthe jobs issue around Trident head-on – a tricky issue for a trade union leader: “What about when we used to hang people? We had chief executioners – we had to diversify and find new jobs for them.” Bob’s passing is a tragic loss for working people across the UK and for comrades in the trade union movement. He will be sorely missed.
Mar 3 2014

Ukraine: war is not the answer

Written by Kate Hudson
The continuing political and economic crisis in Ukraine is taking a dangerous military turn. Debates are raging about how far the situation will escalate. I have even heard people talk of World War III. A clear message from the peace movement is essential: war is not the answer. All our experience shows that there can only be a political solution to this crisis and that neither foreign military intervention nor foreign political and economic intervention provide the answers to Ukraine’s complex problems.     With escalating tension between Russia and the US, anxiety about nuclear war inevitably begins to loom. These two superpowers still retain vast arsenals of these weapons of mass destruction. This crisis should serve as a warning that while nuclear weapons remain, we still fear for the very future of our planet. Current international efforts to secure a global nuclear weapons ban couldn’t be more timely. Of course Ukraine decided to give up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal in 1994, on signing the Budapest Memorandum – a courageous step which makes today’s crisis much less dangerous than it might have been. And Ukraine is no stranger to the devastating consequences of nuclear technology, being home to the Chernobyl…
Jan 2 2014
Reiner Braun, German peace activist and Co-President of the International Peace Bureau, assesses the implications of the new German coalition government With the new German government made up of the conservatives (CDU/CSU) and social democrats (SPD), the coalition agreement headlines failed to mention the word “peace” for the first time in at least 15 years. In other words, the coalition agreement opens the door to an arms build-up and war. As far as foreign and security policy is concerned, this coalition agreement even falls short of other policies we are long familiar with, particularly when it comes to the continued presence of nuclear weapons in Germany. Our forecast: The coming four years will not see Germany taking any fundamental initiative to disarm. Instead, new nuclear missiles from the US will be developed for Europe and stationed here at the end of the present decade. This is at least what the US government would like to see and the new German government is unlikely to stand in their way. The direction being set is one of building up arms – and refers to more than just European drones. The coalition agreement frequently and unabashedly cites “German interests”, arousing a range of…
Dec 16 2013

Senior Tory shifts on Trident

Written by Kate Hudson
Few people can know more about the Trident nuclear weapons system than James Arbuthnot. A former Tory Defence Minister, he is also Chair of the House of Commons defence select committee which has made repeated in-depth inquiries into Trident and its replacement, including its legal, industrial and strategic ramifications. All the more interesting then, that Arbuthnot has voiced doubts over the need for Trident replacement. Appearing just prior to the government’s annual update on the replacement process, a Guardian interview reveals that Arbuthnot’s views on Trident are changing – that he is no longer certain that replacing Trident is the right move. The end of the Cold War and the emergence of new threats has undermined what he calls ‘the logic of nuclear deterrence strategy’. Demolishing the argument typically used by pro-Trident politicians, he asserted: ‘It’s not an insurance policy, it is a potential booby trap.’ Much of Arbuthnot’s concern stems from the opportunity cost of Trident at a time of a shrinking defence budget: ‘you have to wonder whether [replacing Trident] is an appropriate use of very scarce defence resources.’ He says he would still vote for Trident replacement, largely it seems for status and power projection purposes but…
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