LETTER: Weapons are silly and useless

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Caroline Ansell proudly reports that she spoke in favour of the Trident renewal programme during last week’s Common’s debate – albeit to a near empty chamber. Leaving aside any moral questions, it would be interesting to learn of a credible situation in which our “independent” nuclear arsenal could be effective. No one dare suggest one for fear of ridicule.

It is not enough to say the future is uncertain. Of course it is – it is the future!

But that is an argument that could be used to justify any other expenditure let alone the staggering £40 Billion plus £2 Billion a year running costs of Trident. Why, given our membership of Nato does the UK need this horrendous ultimate weapon of mass destruction when all but a handful of the world’s nations survive without it.

Caroline talks about nuclear disarmament but tens of thousands of nuclear warheads remain. How can we preach nuclear non-proliferation to other nations when we will not surrender our own silly, useless but very expensive and unnecessary addition to the risk of nuclear accident.

Bob Giles

Midway Quay

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