Doing without nuclear arms?

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In the late 1950s and 1960s, a number of Labour figures were alarmed about splits in the party over unilateral nuclear disarmament.

I picked up one of the two volumes of Michael Foot’s great work on Aneurin Bevan the other day.

I read that in 1957, my cousin, Sam Watson, leader of the Durham mineworkers, was brought in to chair a committee and try to restore some unity.

Sam failed to work his usual magic on this occasion, and the Labour Party continues 60 years later to still have the debate.

All a person can do as a Labour supporter is to join the party, keep their membership up to date, go along to branch meetings and vote for mandated conference delegates who will represent their point of view and vote accordingly at a Labour conference.

To do that, first it requires Labour supporters to make up their own mind of course.

The agony of the Labour Party is the same dilemma most right thinking people feel about the subject.

No one wants nuclear weapons but can we do without them?

Nigel F Boddy,

Fife Road,

Darlington.