Trident Nuclear Deterrence

Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious departs HMNB Clyde under the Scottish summer sunshine to conduct continuation training. The Royal Navy has operated the UK’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent since 1967 when the first SSBN – or Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear – HMS Resolution began patrolling armed with the Polaris missile system.  
Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious departs HMNB Clyde under the Scottish summer sunshine to conduct continuation training.   The Royal Navy has operated the UK’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent since 1967 when the first SSBN – or Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear – HMS Resolution began patrolling armed with the Polaris missile system.  

Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious departs HMNB Clyde under the Scottish summer sunshine to conduct continuation training.
The Royal Navy has operated the UK’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent since 1967 when the first SSBN – or Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear – HMS Resolution began patrolling armed with the Polaris missile system.  

With the Trident Nuclear deterrence being voted on in Parliament on the 18th of this month it’s worth asking ourselves why we have a weapon which will never be used and costs us a fortune. Couldn’t that fortune be used to help the poor or cut the deficit? What are our priorities? That is, of course, completely ridiculous and deluded. It’s an argument which is only made by people who have no concern for their country’s defense and security and only by those who know that they have no chance of ever forming a government, such as the SNP or Corbyn’s Labour. Any logical person which cares for it’s people wants them to be safe and that’s why we should ignore the incompetence of those who say we should rob ourselves of our deterrence.

Firstly, we must ask ourselves, what is our nuclear deterrence for? The simple answer is that it’s for deterring others from using their Weapons of Mass Destruction. Britain will never use it’s WMD’s as a first resort, we’re a democratic nation with a democratically elected government and leader (now). The only foreseeable situation where the UK could use it’s WMD’s is in response to another state using their weapons against us. In 71 years of Nuclear proliferation, there been no war between nuclear capable nations and most crucially, there’s been no nuclear war, and we’re not living in mass fallout. However, don’t throw your pip-boys away so soon because if the Scottish Nationalists get their way we might just be without our deterrence.

Secondly, there’s no reason why we can’t look after our poor and defend our country. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. If we get our finances in order, we can decrease the amount in relative poverty as well as making sure they aren’t reduced to nuclear residue. The biggest drain on our budget at the moment is the EU budget, luckily that will soon be gone because the UK has voted to leave the European Union. That’s an extra £10bn added to our budget every year. We could also slash our foreign aid budget, but that’s a debate for another time.

I could continue and go into greater lengths about why our deterrence shouldn’t be taken from us and talk about why it creates thousands of jobs and other arguments like that, but to keep it concise it’s clear we must maintain our deterrence in order to maintain our democracy, our safety and even our existence.