"Government should consider scrapping £24bn of weapons programmes including Trident, says IPPR.
The UK cannot sustain current defence spending and should consider abandoning plans to renew the Trident nuclear missile system, a think-tank report has warned.
The report by the centre-left Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that at least £24bn of weapons programmes should be reviewed “with a view to making cuts”.
“Fundamental choices are necessary. The attempt to maintain the full spectrum of conventional combat capabilities at the current scale has produced acute strains on resources and, increasingly, on operational effectiveness,” it said."
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
In recent days we have heard more questions raised about the wisdom of spending billions on replacing Trident nuclear weapons. This is what one leading think-tank, the IPPR, have been saying: