Replied to survey in 2011:
Question 1. The Scottish Parliament should continue to call on the UK government not to go ahead with the current proposal to replace Trident.
Question 2. The Scottish Parliament should call on the UK government to cease the deployment of Trident
Question 3. The Scottish Parliament should support a Nuclear Weapons Convention (a global ban on nuclear weapons).
Question 4. Are you for or against the construction of new nuclear power stations in Scotland ?
"I am firmly against the construction of new nuclear power stations in Scotland, indeed anywhere in UK.
"There are 3 main reasons for my opposition to nuclear power.
- safety: there is as yet no solution for dealing with long term waste - it is therefore reckless of this generation to continue blindly producing highly radio-active spent fuel without knowing how to dispose of it safely.
The mining of raw materials poses health risks for miners.
While the likelihood of a complete systems failure is low, the fact is that our vulnerability to such a failure is extremely high - and i do not believe that we should accept the overall risk.
- inflexibility of nuclear power industry - the costs to develop new power stations are so high that it would set us on a pattern of energy production that would preclude investment in other greener energies.
- international security - if we pursue the agenda we cannot deny other countries that opportunity, yet safety levels might be more likely to be compromised."