John Mayer
 
On 22 October 2007 The Scottish Government hosted a Summit Meeting in Glasgow entitled A National Conversation: Scotland's Future Without Nuclear Weapons.

John Mayer Speaking. click here to enlarge this image



John Mayer & Bruce Crawford. click here to enlarge this image



John was honoured to be invited to speak at the Summit. His speech was titled 'Trident - A Turning Point'. The Summit was opened by Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Deputy First Minister of Scotland who characterised the Summit as a 'historic day'. The Summit was Chaired by Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business. Attendees included Members of the Scottish Parliament, the Westminster Parliament, Trident Ploughshares, Scottish CND, and Dr Rebecca Johnston, Senior Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

John focused upon the historic opportunity lying at the feet of the Scottish Parliament and its competence to enact the legislation he has drafted for Mr Michael Matheson MSP [The Nuclear Security Bill 2007]. He pressed the point that it was time to act on our own behalf. That is to say, to shape our own destiny and to make our own International Laws. When it comes to setting a global example, John said that it would not be the first time in history that where Scotland leads today, the world will follow tomorrow. He also pointed out that should the English Government Ministers intervene in the Scottish legislative process, then he had all the arguments ready to take Scotland to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg where, with Jurisdiction over all 48 countries of the Council of Europe, the French and the Russians would also have the right to be heard. That would put Scotland at the heart of the world debate on nuclear weapons - where we belong.