In a highly charged political move, the Scottish Greens have declared a proposal to “ban” the UK’s Trident nuclear submarines from operating in Scottish waters.

The pro-independence party, led by Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, plans to include this ambitious commitment in their forthcoming Holyrood manifesto.

While the Scottish Greens’ proposal seems to serve more as a political gesture to rally pro-independence and anti-nuclear voters, it does not undermine its symbolic importance in the broader political landscape of Scotland. It reflects the party’s opposition to nuclear weapons and aligns them closely with the SNP, signifying their shared goal of Scottish independence. However, the legal limitations of the proposal, notably the inability of the Scottish Parliament to legislate on reserved matters, significantly dilute its practical application.

I spoke to a prominent Scottish Greens activist, who told me on condition of anonymity:

“Even as a staunch supporter of the Scottish Greens, this latest proposal feels like a misstep. It seems more like a political performance than a thoughtful contribution to the serious and complex debate on nuclear weapons in Scotland. We need strategies grounded in feasibility, not fanciful gestures that distract from the core issues. It’s frustrating to see the party’s energy directed this way.”

It’s worth pointing out that the Scottish Greens, in attempting to use devolved powers in an arena where they have limited jurisdiction, appear to be engaging in political theatre more than proposing a viable plan. As a reader, you might feel that your time is being wasted with these impracticable pledges.

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