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Trident Replacement

This new government is quite obviously incapable of thinking things through as can be seen by the Child Benefit debacle but they have excelled themselves on Trident.

Liam Fox has just announced that they will be replacing the Trident nuclear missile system at a cost of £20bn. Yes £20bn at a time when we are told there are huge cutbacks in social services to be made. We all know as well that a government estimate for cost usually doubles particularly when it comes to defence spending.

Even the most fevered mind would be hard put to come up with a scenario in which a British Prime Minister would actually give the order to destroy 10’s of millions of people. As for being an independent system everyone knows that it depends entirely on the USA for the missiles and for the guidance system that can be switched off at any time. Even the regular refurbishment of the nuclear warhead carried out at Aldermaston is done by an American owned company.

Apart from France no other mainland European country has these weapons; are they all shaking in their boots because they haven’t got some? I suggest not, they are spending their £20bn plus on better lives for their citizens.

Finally this decision  is nothing more than encouragement to countries, like Iran, to develop their own nuclear capability on the grounds that if Britain says that they are essential for it’s defence then it must also be essential for theirs. There was an acronym for this idea during the cold war; MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. The madness goes on.

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More Madness

It’s been announced today that the Government is to spend £4billion on two aircraft carriers. Yes that’s 4,000,000,000,000 Pounds! This huge expenditure has behind it the implication of fighting wars in foreign parts in the future. Experience also shows that projects of this kind always run enormously over budget.

When will we ever learn that we no longer have an Empire and that to most of the world we are simply yet another small country albeit one who trots along to the sound of America’s dog whistle and consequently despised in equal measure. Why is it that we can’t see the benefits derived from purely defensive armed forces in countries like Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and many, many, others, with better housing and advanced social and health care. In the UK we have around 2,000,000 of our citizens either homeless or living in sub standard accommodation; this waste of our resources would pay for at least 250,000 new homes. Utter madness.

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