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UK’s Trident nuclear weapons – expensive, unnecessary

“Describing this as a ‘value for money’ review is nonsense – the fundamental question is whether Britain needs a cold war weapons system decades after that conflict ended.

(UK) Nuclear weapon review ‘nonsense’ Morning Star,  14 July 2010, by Will Stone Anti Nuclear campaigners have branded the government’s proposed “value-for-money” review of the multibillion-pound renewal of Trident as nonsense.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox announced on Wednesday at a conference in London’s Chatham House that the government could scale back Britain’s fleet of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three.

But he added it would only be done if Britain could maintain its deterrence at sea and that a decision will not be made until 2014-15……..

the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) argued that the review will ignore the question of whether nuclear weapons are necessary.

CND chairwoman Kate Hudson said: “Describing this as a ‘value for money’ review is nonsense – the fundamental question is whether Britain needs a cold war weapons system decades after that conflict ended.

“Major decisions on nuclear weapons must not be taken behind closed doors and only reported to MPs months later. Yet this is what the government appears to be proposing.”

The MoD’s £36 billion budget is expected to face cuts of 10 per cent or more in Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review in October.

Nuclear weapon review ‘nonsense’ / Britain / Home – Morning Star

July 15, 2010 - Posted by | UK, weapons and war | , , , ,

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