Articles by Bill Ramsay

Nuclear Guantanamo on the Clyde?“, July 2020
The United Kingdom, as currently constituted, is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations. Consequently, retention of the so called “independent” so called “deterrent” will loom large in the minds of the military staffs that service the armed forces of the UK generally and the naval staff that services the Royal Navy in particular.
In this paper I will explain why it is almost a certainty that plans are being drawn up to retain Trident on the Clyde, not on a temporary basis, not even for the rest of the operational lifetime of the Vanguard boats, but for the lifetime of the Vanguard class successor, the Dreadnought class too, notwithstanding the advent of the re-emergence of a sovereign Scottish state.”

Scotland’s Place in the World: An equitable and sustainable approach to the development of the foreign and defence policies of an independent Scotland“, May 2020
“… I suggest that because of Scotland’s inherently stable geopolitical situation it will able to develop a progressive foreign policy based upon the paradigm of Human Security in which Scotland’s National Security concerns can be given their place, but within an overall Human Security context.”

Roadmap for Trident Removal“, April 2019
“the technical steps which are outlined in Ainslie’s work are seen as perfectly credible by a wide range of security experts, even amongst those, and there are some even within the SNP, who may a hold to the view that nuclear weapons are “a deterrent”. In October 2012 the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee published a report which acknowledged that Scottish independence could lead to nuclear disarmament for Britain and said that the timetable in the Disarming Trident report is realistic. The Committee was a cross party committee and they took expert advice from scientists.”

The UK’s post-Brexit Defence policy is dangerously delusional
Common Space, February 2019

Join us this Sunday to plan for a Scotland without Trident
Common Space, November 2018

NATO and its Shared Values“, Common Space, July 2018

Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster“, May 2018

Labour Built the Bomb
Bella Caledonia, July 2017

Westminster, the Bomb and the SNP
Bella Caledonia,May 2015

A Codpiece Called Trident”, Common Space (15th April 2016)

How Scotland’s whisky industry could be an economic key for the future”, Common Space (20th July 2016)

Why the UK’s use of drones is something you need to know about“, Common Space (9th September 2015)

Why it’s worth paying attention to defence and security committees“, Common Space (26th October 2015)