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4 December 2006

Barrett on Trident

Commenting on the Publication of the Trident White Paper, John Barrett said:

“The cost of replacing Trident looks likely to anything up to £76bn. There must be serious questions asked as to whether this is the best and most effective use of such an enormous sum of money.

“We have all heard reports of poorly equipped British soldiers in Iraq. I would rather see the money spent on ensuring our conventional forces are have the helicopters and body armour the troops need rather than extending the life of weapons of mass destruction.

“Today’s security threats are very different to those we faced in 10 years ago. As a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, we may better safeguard our long-term security by setting an example to other countries and negotiating away nuclear weapons, rather than investing billions on replacements. If Britain shows the world that we think our long-term security depends on having nuclear weapons, then other countries, like Iran and Syria, will want them as well.

“The Governments own advisers say that the key global threats we face come from terrorism on the one hand, and global warming on the other. Nuclear weapons are useless against both. Terrorist groups will not be deterred by nuclear weapons. Indeed, the more countries who have them, the more likely it is that they will find their way into terrorist hands. We have enough real problems facing us without spending billion of pounds on a weapon that we simply do not need, that deters a threat that does not exist.

“I am sure we can all think of many good ways to spend this huge sum of money – cutting our carbon emissions for example, getting to grips with the pension system, or improving our intelligence services to combat terrorism are just a few. I doubt that extending our membership of the nuclear boys club would be on anyone’s Christmas list. I would urge Tony Blair to strike it off his.”

 

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