George Harrison attending a anti-nuclear rally, Trafalgar Square, London, 19 June 1986. Photo: Janet Macoska.
In April 1981, George became a paid-up member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
In activism related news, on 4 June 1985, George’s song “Save The World” was featured on the U.K. release of the Greenpeace album.
“George [Harrison] talks at length about the planet, his concern about destruction. Last year [19 June 1986] he participated in an anti-nuclear rally in Trafalgar Square, and he’s a member of the ecological organisation Greenpeace. ‘I love those people because they go out and actually do it. I mean, if it wasn’t me that’s the kind of thing I’d like to be, out there on a ship getting harpooned by Russians and Japanese.’” - The Sunday Tribune, 18 October 1987 [x]
Scottish Labour have gone against their membership in their manifesto by backing UK Labour’s support of Nuclear Weapons. This goes against Scottish Labour’s membership who voted to be against it at their annual conference this year.
Honestly can’t see Scottish labour continuing for much longer. What a shit show.
Off topic from my normal posts but I think this deserves an airing.
On July 15th 1955
Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others. The full text reads…….
We, the undersigned, are scientists of different countries, different creeds, different political persuasions. Outwardly, we are bound together only by the Nobel Prize, which we have been favored to receive. With pleasure we have devoted our lives to the service of science. It is, we believe, a path to a happier life for people. We see with horror that this very science is giving mankind the means to destroy itself. By total military use of weapons feasible today, the earth can be contaminated with radioactivity to such an extent that whole peoples can be annihilated. Neutrals may die thus as well as belligerents.
If war broke out among the great powers, who could guarantee that it would not develop into a deadly conflict? A nation that engages in a total war thus signals its own destruction and imperils the whole world.
We do not deny that perhaps peace is being preserved precisely by the fear of these weapons. Nevertheless, we think it is a delusion if governments believe that they can avoid war for a long time through the fear of these weapons. Fear and tension have often engendered wars. Similarly it seems to us a delusion to believe that small conflicts could in the future always be decided by traditional weapons. In extreme danger no nation will deny itself the use of any weapon that scientific technology can produce.
All nations must come to the decision to renounce force as a final resort. If they are not prepared to do this, they will cease to exist.— Mainau, Lake Constance, 15 July 1955.