Almost twenty years after its first patrol, does Britain still need its nuclear deterrent?by Prospect Team / April 9, 2015 / Leave a comment
Today, defence exploded into the centre of the election battleground, when the Conservatives launched an attack on Labour over the future of Trident, Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Both parties are committed to reinstating the submarine-based system when it comes up for renewal in 2016. But the SNP—with whom Labour may need to do an informal deal after the election—have said they would vote to scrap it, leading the Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to claim that “if Ed Miliband wants the keys to Number 10, he must abandon any plans to renew our Vanguard ballistic missile submarines.”
The debate has swiftly descended into a highly personal row over Miliband’s character. But politics aside, do we actually need to renew Trident?