So Osbourne announces that he’s going to spend more than £500m on the Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane, the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent. This will create more than 6,700 jobs in the area with many more helped as side suppliers. So that’s good for Scotland, right?
Well, ‘No’ according to the SNP and the Scottish CND wankers.
The SNP say that the Scottish Parliament opposes the replacement of Trident and basing nuclear submarines at Faslane. They also point out that the vast majority of Scottish MP are SNP and the oppose it and that 45% of the Scottish people voted for independence which would have included moving nukes out of Scotland.
Well that’s all very well. The Conservatives made the pledge to replace Trident in their manifesto and won a UK majority based on that manifesto. 45% is not a Scottish majority. 57 Scottish MPs in Westminster is also not a majority and they are welcome to vote against the proposal. The Scottish Parliament has no powers over UK defence. So as far as I am concerned they can just fuck right off!
As for the Scottish CND, they put their spokesman on the BBC yesterday morning. He reckons that expanding the base for conventional weapons would still create the same number of jobs – which is bollocks. When pressed to say what those jobs would be, he clearly had no idea. And, of course, if we disarmed than Faslane would be closed, causing mass unemployment in the area. But according to CND that’s OK because scrapping our nukes would make us safer FFS! Do I really have to explain why that’s nonsense?
Personally I don’t think Trident needs replacing, but the fact is that the government has a mandate to do it. The SNP certainly don’t have a mandate to scrap it for the reasons I have explained. If they wanted independence then they should have voted for it and they didn’t, did they? So end of…
And if the SNP / SCND do succeed in scrapping the base, I suspect their local support might just wane a bit in the wake of mass unemployment. As far as I can see it’s just another proof that Scotland can’t survive economically without English money. If they could, then they wouldn’t have just delayed their 2016/17 spending plans until after the Autumn Statement, would they?