Trident

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I become more convinced every day that politicians of all colours in the UK are losing the plot – if indeed they haven’t lost it already! Take the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent as a case in point…

Cameron wants to renew it at a cost of £32,000,000,000 but he’s getting a lot of opposition. Plus the country doesn’t have that money to spend even if you believe that on past performance it’s actually going to end up costing that much. So he’s putting off the dreaded decision by spending more money commissioning a report.

Corbyn is even worse. His latest harebrained scheme is a ‘compromise’. He’s thinks we could build the submarines but not arm them with nukes. To suggest this is ludicrous. The idea is that there is always one submarine at sea at any time so if this country is decimated in a nuclear attack then we haven’t lost the ability to respond. If you take away the nukes and replace them with conventional missiles, then there is no point in having the subs in the first place.

Sturgeon is equally living in a fool paradise. The SNP know that losing the contract to build the subs will costs jobs – which is why Corbyn is suggesting we build them anyway. He also knows that he needs to keep the jobs in Scotland if he is to have any hope of forming a coalition government with the SNP. Without Scotland there can never be a Labour majority government.

So the SNP’s policy is to support nuclear disarmament provided that alternative employment can be found for the workers who were going to build them. That’s not going to happen.

There’s no easy answer, but the one that seems to fit the best is to maintain the deterrent, build the subs, keep the jobs. Secretly, I think they all know there’s no other option…

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5 responses to “Trident

  1. Pretty much spot on…

  2. Furor Teutonicus

    XX provided that alternative employment can be found for the workers who were going to build them.XX

    Hej! Why not? It worked before, training hairy arsed ex miners to be secretarys in three month Government training schemes, at the same time they were teaching hairy arsed ex secretarys to be engineers, whereby after 12 months they were supossed to be on an equal footing in the jobs market with hairy arsed ex ship workers and mining engineers who had five years apprentiship, and thirty years on the job engineering experience behind them..

    It COULD work again.

    (My German/U.S/Swedish/French/Canadian/etc mates all think I am fucking joking!

    I am NOT! They actualy DID this!)

  3. As much as I loathe “Call me Dave”, he’s the only one that’s the closest to the mark on this one. He could easily find the money if he cut back on Foreign Aid and the hated EU, bit I think we all know the answer to that bastard don’t we? Still, even he recognises that in an uncertain world, talking quietly whilst carrying a very big stick is a better option than no effing stick.

    PS Dioclese – nobody in the submarine service calls them “subs” They have always been called “Boats”

    • “………talking quietly whilst carrying a very big stick is a better option than no effing stick………”

      What the fuck is an ‘effing stick’? Assuming it is an adjective modifying the noun stick as part of a compound noun phrase, how does it compare, physically that is, to a stick which for argument and comparative purposes shall be considered ‘very big’? How does the lexeme ‘effing’ quantify and/or qualify attributive aspects of a specific type of stick that reveals how said stick is necessarily different in its collective attributive aspects from that of a ‘very big’ stick?
      For instance, what would hurt rapscallion more: hitting him repeatedly about his apparently vestigial bollix using a ‘very big stick’ or conversely doing the same but using an ‘effing stick’ instead?

      People who use ess, haitch, one, tea euphemisms for profanity effing piss me off

  4. “……If you take away the nukes and replace them with conventional missiles, then there is no point in having the subs in the first place……”

    You’re obviously not familiar with the history of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy. The point in having, what the Krauts would call; ‘Boots’, is to bash them up a bit having submarine races in the Firth of Forth and then when they are well and truly rubbish, sell them to the Canadian Navy at a profit.

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