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.
There have been some interesting stories about Trident in the press of late. Here are just a few of them.
The cuts to the number of army personnel are being blamed on austerity. They might just as well be blamed on the outdated Cold War thinking of our leaders.
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.
It seems increasingly likely that the Labour Party plans to fight the 2015 election on a platform of retaining Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Instead it ought to consider the innumerable better things the money might be spent on.
It is time for Des Browne and others to follow the logic on Trident, writes Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).