Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Abandoning Trident

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:

"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."

1 comment:

Sweet and Tender Hooligan said...

The thing that calls into question the decision to renew trident is that it largely fights the wrong war so to speak.

A cold war solution that is near redundant in the current climate.