A Stark Nuclear Warning by Jerry Brown | The New York Review of Books

AS Westminster votes to put the lives of all of Scotland at risk from nuclear accident – read this review of William Perry’s autobiography. This man who was US Secretary for Defence could not be more about the stupidity of nuclear weapons. He argues that we have survived so far by accident. Mrs Vole says that this article is the kind of reason the Internet is not good – it is just bad for the nerves, especially at breakfast.

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

by William J. Perry, with a foreword by George P. Shultz
Stanford Security Studies, 234 pp., $85.00; $24.95 (paper)


I know of no person who understands the science and politics of modern weaponry better than William J. Perry, the US Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. When a man of such unquestioned experience and intelligence issues the stark nuclear warning that is central to his recent memoir, we should take heed. Perry is forthright when he says: “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”1 He also tells us that the nuclear danger is “growing greater every year” and that even a single nuclear detonation “could destroy our way of life.”

Source: A Stark Nuclear Warning by Jerry Brown | The New York Review of Books

On this anniversary of the Somme. We will not allow politicians divide Europe and let slaughter happen again.

220px-High_Wood_cemetery,_FranceOn this anniversary of the Somme. We will not let Michael Gove and Nigel Farage  divide Europe and create an atmosphere where this can happen again.

Boris has fallen. The Tories and Labour have imploded. The Liberal Democrats seem organised (both of them) because they have kept their heads down and mouths, shut. Almost sensible

These people matter. They create peace and war. Everyone who reads this will have had their lives shaped by European War, we do not know our relations who fought at Jutland and the Somme, but they were there. All of us have places empty at our tables because of it, cousins who were never born, sorrows that poisoned the lives of our parents and grandparents that lead into another horror, slowly, inexorably. It can happen again, it will happen again, unless we stop it. Us. You and me

We were betrayed then by a bankrupt political class and they are doing ti again, before our eyes, these cold eyed bastards, these evil men who conflate their own ambitions with what is good for all us. Curse them all.

20,000 people died in one day – almost the current population of Orkney.

We will stop our politicians doing this again. We are all types of the ordinary people – we are the farmers, the fishermen, the artisans, the writers, the people who work in coffee shops, the sick, the unemployed. We are the people who make up Britain, Scotland, England,

What this country is like is not up to these fools and idiots who govern from Westminster. It is up to us now. We are the people who really determine matters.  If we offer a cup of tea, the country becomes friendly; a bed for the night, it becomes hospitable.

Every part of me wants Scottish Independence, more than ever. BUT I have lived in England for a long time. I have family, lovers, colleagues, decent people. I will not abandon them to the far right and to Fascism – and make no mistake, the Fascists are back and their fellow travellers.

How we enable them to come here and be safe matters. We created a Scottish Independence movement that is supported by the new Scots who have come here from England. We must go further. I don’t know how yet, but we must think about it on this anniversary of a day when 20,0000 people died.