So there we have it, the soon to be gone Prime Minster David Cameron, has announced that there will be a vote on the renewal of the Trident Nuclear Deterrent.
My first real interest in politics was watching The Day After on television in 1983, I had just turned 14 years old and I remember hating the idea and being horrified at the idea of America and Britain being able to kill millions of people.
I just did not get it then, and I still don’t get it now. The idea that if someone fires a nuclear weapon at the United Kingdom I will die happier knowing that we have just fired ours at them, killing millions, is no comfort in any shape or form. Part of the stupid theory behind the renewal is deterrence and MAD (mutually assured destruction). That means if we have nuclear weapons then countries with nuclear weapons will not fire theirs at us. Surely if you are mad enough to fire a nuclear weapon in the first place you are really not giving a shit if someone fires theirs at you.
Labour, The Conservatives, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats are all for renewal although the Liberals favor some form of deterrent with less submarines. Labours position is clear and somewhat confused:
Both the Green Party and the SNP are against renewal. The Guardian puts the cost of renewal at £205 BILLION POUNDS. This is astounding at a time when we are faced with ever more austerity, the economy is tanking, the cost of living rising, public services failing, teachers and doctors striking, children going hungry and our so-called betters want to spend £205 BILLION POUNDS on a vanity project.
One of the main reasons that this horrible weapon of mass destruction will be renewed is the illusion by many within our political parties that nuclear weapons give us clout, an illusion that Britain remains a great world power, clout in the diplomatic field and of course a seat on the Security Council of the United Nations. Lets be clear, Trident is a Westminster Vanity project and more about the ego’s of our so-called betters than it is to the defense of the nation.
The defense argument doesn’t hold up either, name a country that is going to attack or invade Britain! Exactly I could not either. The threats we face today are a direct result of our own foreign policy nightmares and by small terrorist groups. Nuclear weapons will in no way defend us against that. Some people will argue about the amounts of money which will be spent, it doesn’t matter if it’s hundreds of billions or just hundreds of pounds, nuclear weapons are a stain on us all and have no place in the United Kingdom, well actually about 20 miles from Scotland’s largest City Glasgow.
Around 38% of British people support renewal, 28% a cheaper option and 18% against renewal (Channel Four News). I am proud to be in the 18% and disgusted by the 38%. Nuclear weapons are wrong, pure and simple, they are a crime against us all. Many people support unilateral nuclear disarmament, Labour support UND but want to keep the weapons until everyone else supports UND, what a fucking joke. Nuclear weapons are not illegal but it has been agreed that the use of nuclear weapons would be generally contrary to the principles and rules of international humanitarian law (IHL).
For me the renewal of Trident is a CRIME and there has to come a point where someone has to take a stand, a country has to say no more weapons of mass destruction. The money it will save is immense but the message it sends would be worth even more. I am against the renewal of these horrible weapons, not in my name ever. Monday 18th July 2016 will be a sad day as Westminster, the nutters and the ego’s, vote to renew.