Trident Vote

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Parliament will vote this Wednesday on Tony Blair’s proposals to spend obscene amounts of our money on replacing Britain’s nuclear missiles system.

To repeat my questions to Trident Tony…with more besides:

  • If we are to believe our government, the main security threat we face comes from non-governmental terrorism so how and why do you think that increasing our nuclear arsenal will protect us from this kind of threat?   Don’t you think that possessing such weapons poses more of a terrorism threat?   Can you guarantee that terrorists will not be able to get their hands on WMD materials when nuclear cargo is in transit or that installations plants/weapons factories will not be attacked?
  • How can you accuse Iran’s efforts to go nuclear of being in breach of the NNPT when Britain is also a signatory of that treaty and is therefore legally committed to nuclear disarmament?
  • Why are you telling us that we need to make the decision now because it will take up to seventeen years to complete the programme then trying to convince us that Iran’s acquirement of “the bomb” is forebodingly imminent?
  • Why do you want us to become dependent on nuclear weapons, albeit mistakenly?  Do you want the world to live under and be ruled by the fear of nuclear disaster?
  • You tell us that a new generation of nuclear arms to replace the Trident fleet would be for deterrent purposes only but isn’t it perfectly logical that it will activate another arms race as many experts think it will?
  • Don’t you think that increasing, retaining even, our nuclear arsenal, sends a worrying signal to other nations to fearfully do likewise?
  • Don’t you think that if we set a pattern and started to disarm, we would be sending signals that the possession of nuclear weapons by any country is no longer neccessary to deter attack?
  • Do you mistakenly believe that your campaign for proliferation before you go will somehow minimise your dreadful Iraq war legacy?
  • Under what circumstances would you ever use such weapons of mass destruction?
  • What country could you ever envisage ever having to drop these missiles on?
  • Who are you actually deterring?

Some last minute action if you can get to London – there is to be an emergency lobby of parliament on the day of the debate.  Info here.

And the star of the week award goes to…..

Nigel Griffiths who had the courage of his convictions today and resigned as Deputy Leader of the House in order to vote against Trident.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Richard on March 12, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Blair’s Trident makes sense if it is understood that Blair’s Britain is simply a ’51st State’ – that is, a satellite client state of Bush’s America.

    As I see it, Britain is (or perhaps was) America’s ‘gatekeeper’ in Europe, just as Israel is the ‘gatekeeper’ in the Middle East, and Turkey for the Near East etc.

    It’s all about control and strategic power – for Bush’s America – as set out in PNAC’s ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ (FSD).

    I am saying nothing new here – it’s already been said so eloquently by Chomsky…but when you stand on the shoulder of giants…


  2. Absolutely Richard. And I have the greatest admiration for Chomsky.


  3. Britain may change its tack, I don’t know, but the US are taking on two new allies: Poland and the Czech Republic, in its defence in Europe, something that the European Union should be against by all means, because it affects the military unity of the Union.


  4. Agree Jose. The US is moving us (the EU) closer to another cold war situation with Russia. Totally unnecessary.

    Excellent post earthpal. Can a humble member of the public go to lobby the parliament?! Hmmmm. Doubt they’d let me in. Anyone got a rocket they could strap me onto?!!

    Bloody hell. There are too many BIG issues happening this week. Maybe Tony designed it that way. It’s kicking off over at The Coffee House regarding The Global Warming Swindle. Also we have blogged the Draft Climate Change Bill released today by David Miliband. He even did a YouTube piece for the kidz. Cute ain’t it!

    I need a drink!! 🙂


  5. Thanks Matty. Will visit the Coffee House promptly. Is the kettle on? I need a drink too. 🙂


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