This is a big election question. Thoughts?
It only became an election issue on the basis of an effort to sunder SNP/Labour relations. I doubt that many, if any, voters will actually consider it when at the polling booth.
That being said, I wouldn't get rid of Trident. Why? Perhaps lame logic, but although you can't conceivably prepare for every possible disaster under the sun, the danger of nuclear weapons remains notable. Especially considering the fact that we're to see more nations acquiring them in years to come.
Yes, scrap Trident. We're spending too much money on weapons we're not even planning on using, money which could go to much better use. There's no point in getting arrogant: the UK is a tiny landmass. If someone wants to nuke us we are utterly screwed. No big country is going to be scared off if the tiny UK says 'Ooh we're going to nuke you back!' It's like putting a spiky collar on a Chihuahua - it may be a menacing collar, but at the end of the day it's still a Chihuahua.
no; a fundamental function of government is to protect its citizens from coercion, be it outside or inside.
there are countries out there with nukes. therefore, a sensible policy with that in mind is to arm ourselves for our own defence
I will not have respect for a government that cannot realistically protect me. this is a basic responsibility of a state and if it sacrifices this, then it is illegitimate
No, nukes shield the UK from any conventional attack, and provide us with geopolitical freedom for a relatively tiny cost, where in it's absence the UK would be effectively a toy to be fought over by other nuclear powers.
Also the anti-nuke lobby seems to be constructed more on misguided fear and ignorance rather than sound logic (beyond rather petty money saving, which is pointless since defence spending is 2.2% GDP and constantly being cut further down, and Trident is a mere fraction of the defence budget.
Weird to fear and hate nukes, seeing as they've done more to keep the peace between major powers than all other good intentions combined.
Scrap trident and all the nuclear weapons in the world.
Christ, we need another thread on this? The last one has only just died down after 200+ posts of the same old guff.