Demo in the Heath

No New Nukes!

On a windy Sunday morning, a group of local activists led a protest on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath to oppose the plans of the Government to increase the Nuclear Warhead arsenal of the UK.

Camden Peace Campaign

At 9.20am, Sunday 18 April, this group of 20 locals spoke about their concerns. A submarine with 180 warheads was on show in Hampstead Heath. 80 additional warheads were added to the submarine by people representing Boris Johnson (in Boris masks). There were speeches by peace activists and input (to boos) from Mini Boris on the Heath. The group was supported by about 20 others who brought home-made placards, cheered and joined in the speeches with their personal stories. Others who happened to be on the Heath, running, or on a walk, joined in and voiced their support for this important issue.

The demo on the heath was the brain-child of Paul Renny, Lucy Moy-Thomas and Pete Wickenden. Paul had the initial vision of a protest in the Hampstead Heath as lockdown was easing. At the time there were so many different issues going on that the government plan to increase nuclear weapons by 40% was at risk of going unmarked by local activists. Peter, who is active against the arms trade came up with the vision of a theatrical protest and the blue-print for the demo. Lucy made the banners, Pete the submarine and missiles. Lots of others came forward to help us bring our vision to life. We all had to work separately (Lucy was miles away, in Wales) but meet regularly over Zoom to organise all the details of the action. Huge thanks to Jack for creating the CPC logo, Dinny for being mini-Boris, Conor for filming and editing the event, and Pete R for helping with the props and all the others who supported us in making the vision a possibility.

Watch the film below of the event. Please share widely and oppose this unnecessary and dangerous nuclear arms race.

Video Recording of the Demo

Statement 1: Peter Wickenden

Last month, the government revealed plans for a 40% increase in Britain’s nuclear arsenal. Today the arsenal stands at 180 Trident missile nuclear warheads. Each is about eight times the power of the Hiroshima bomb which killed over 200,000 people. That’s a killing capacity of hundreds of millions, yet the government proposes to add a further 80 warheads. No New Nukes!

Statement 2: Shezan Renny

Camden Peace Campaign was formed in response to this wasteful and ominous proposal. We organised this demonstration to call attention to this increase in the nuclear arsenal and bring together all those in the local community who wish to campaign against policies that promote a new nuclear arms race. No New Nukes!

Statement 3: Nick Weaver

The plan to raise the Trident nuclear stockpile to 260 warheads is a very dangerous and immensely costly return to cold war thinking. Trident is dependant entirely on US technology and is not relevant to Britain’s defence. The expense is huge and the utility non-existent in terms of military use. Now Boris Johnson wants to boost his ‘global Britain’ stance by investing in more weapons of mass destruction. No New Nukes!

Statement 4: Lucy Moy-Thomas

This is illegal and immoral. Increasing Britain’s nuclear arsenal contravenes our legal obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Treaty requires countries that have nuclear weapons to disarm. Increasing a nuclear arsenal is not legitimate under the Treaty. But it’s not just new warheads that are illegal, it’s the whole Trident replacement project as well. The Treaty requires ‘each of the parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament.’ So not only are additional warheads illegal, but Trident replacement is illegal, and the failure to disarm our existing nuclear weapons contravenes the Treaty. No New Nukes!

Statement 5: Paul Renny

This total disregard of the Non-Proliferation Treaty by Britain, USA and other nuclear-armed states means that non-nuclear states can conclude there is no justification for preventing them develop nuclear weapons. The Trident replacement programme will cost us over 205 billion pounds. This money could be well spent on our Covid recovery, the NHS or reducing child/ food/ housing poverty prevalent in the UK today. Let’s come together to say No to Nuclear Weapons – No New Nukes!

Gareth Murphy, whose father-n-law was a youngster in the outskirts of Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped, spoke movingly for nuclear disarmament.

Special Guest – Mini Boris on the Heath

Yes, hello and welcome. Welcome to Hampstead Heath. Although I don’t welcome these Peace loving hippies who want to ruin my blissful Sunday morning brunch it gets me away from my kids.
Yes, it’s me, your very own Prime Minister talking to you. Why, why, you may ask, why, why do you, Boris want to talk to us in the Heath. It’s quite simple really, because people share this in common, everybody loves the destruction, the blowing up, the blasts. Every one will feel safer with 80 more warheads, each with 8 times the more destructive power than the Hiroshima bomb.
Just think how wonderful, how powerful, that destruction would be. People ask me
Why are you not spending this on the NHS, Boris?
Why are you not spending this on jobs, Boris?
Why are you not spending this on houses, Boris?
And I say ‘Why would I do this, when I can make Britain great again by building lots more bombs!
Anyways, must go now. I have lots more contracts to hand out to my mates and my old school pal, David Cameron has asked me to get him out of a sticky wicket.
So boo to Camden Peace Campaign and boo to Peace

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Camden Campaign Strike

The Launch

Join us to launch the Camden Campaign Strike Launch via zoom.

Sunday March 28th, 2:00-3:30pm

Free – public event

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The Launch follows the motion passed unanimously at the Camden Momentum meeting earlier in March 2021.

Speakers include:

  • Graham Bash (JVL Political Education) speaking in a personal capacity.
  • Ekua Bayunu – Labour Black Socialists
  • Andrea Gilbert – Labour Black Socialists
  • Reederwan Craayastein – Labour Black Socialists
  • Luke Smith – Labour GRT (Gypsy, Roma & Traveller)

The meeting will be hosted and chaired by Shezan Renny.

Motion passed by Camden Momentum:

Camden Momentum stands in solidarity with Labour Black Socialists and black members in boycotting Labour election campaigns whilst the racism within the party is tolerated. The barring of a Black Female Socialist candidate for Liverpool Mayor further demonstrates the failure to confront racism and white privilege within the party.

We accept LBS’s assertion that the Labour leadership has failed in their duty to tackle anti Black racism and Islamophobia, or to develop systems of natural justice within the disciplinary process to tackle anti Black racism and Islamophobia.

We too will actively campaign only for Labour Party candidates who have proven their commitment to tackle anti-Black racism, Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination routinely faced by Black, Asian and Ethnic communities heritage members.

Furthermore the suspension of the whip to the anti racist Jeremy Corbyn and the unwarranted suspension of socialists within Party have signalled an ongoing war against socialism within Labour.

Consequently Camden Momentum will be on a campaign strike of any Labour candidate that does not signal that they oppose the undemocratic sectarian aggression against socialists by the Labour Leadership.

Starmerism: What it is and where it’s taking us

Highgate Left Political Education discussion

Wednesday 7th April

Our speaker is Phil Burton-Cartledge – an academic, Labour Party activist, and a long-time blogger at All that is Solid.

He has written extensively on “Starmerism” and how its present flags ‘n’ family strategy misreads both the “new” working class and the voters lost in the so-called red wall, as well as the electoral peril his internal crackdown on the left poses for the party’s chances of winning office at the next election. In other words, Keir and his leadership is demobilising and disassembling the coalition of voters Corbyn brought together in 2017 and largely held onto in 2019.

On top of this, Phil says he has developed an unhealthy interest in the politics and trajectory of the Conservatives. His first book, Falling Down: Parliamentary Conservatism and the Decline of the Tory Party is out this September from Verso.

Here are a couple of recent blog posts you might like to look at before the talk Applauding Failure and The Myth of the Vaccine Bounce.

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Camden Labour Left is a group of socialists in the London Borough of Camden. We have members in both Holborn & St Pancras and Hampstead & Kilburn Constituency Labour Parties. We are working hard to see a Corbyn-led socialist government elected at the next General Election. We support the Labour Party manifesto for a fairer society and recognise that this country needs radical change so that it can start working for the many and not the few.