Should we be patrolling with nuclear weapons when we face no current strategic threat and see ourselves as a constructive force for good in the world?
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The UK’s possession of nuclear weapons is often justified in terms of uncertainty about the future. However, developments at home and abroad may one day make the UK’s Trident weapons system politically (and legally) impossible.
Despite perceptions of a new Cold War, the US and Russia continue to respect the provisions of the New START treaty.
There have been some interesting stories about Trident in the press of late. Here are just a few of them.
Iran is not our friend, however smiley and polished their foreign minister is, and this deal has not solved any of the problems over Iran’s nuclear programme, much less over its regional agenda.
Israel’s worst fear is the P5+1 signing a deal that leaves Iran closer than it can live with to a nuclear bomb.
The Western Mail is today reporting that a number of faith leaders in Wales are calling on the UK government to scrap the country’s nuclear deterrent altogether.
The argument for keeping the Trident nuclear deterrent boils down to the following: by getting rid of Trident Britain will lose its position as a leading world power; it will also leave the country open to attack by hostile powers.
When the money spent on Trident could be used to quadruple our investment in renewable energy, or scrap tuition fees for 30 years, or fully fund all A&E services in hospitals for 40 years – this is one good cut that the government can make.