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By scrapping Trident, Britain could make a real difference to global non-proliferation efforts

By Michael MccGwire   September 2006

The exchange between Lewis Page and Rodric Braithwaite over the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent proved disappointing, since neither party addressed the fundamental question of whether a nuclear capability continues to be in our wider interests.

Braithwaite considers the need for a British nuclear deterrent to be unproven, but he also believes that no political party will expose its electoral flank by renouncing our nuclear capability. Some form of replacement being inevitable, Braithwaite’s objective is to limit the damage to British national interests that stems from our nuclear thralldom to the US. He argues for cruise missiles, which are inherently…

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