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In May the (now disgraced ex-)Minster for War, Liam Fox announced the Trident Alternatives Review, with much fanfare from the beard and sandal brigade. Unfortunately six months down the line and Liam Fox's replacement Philip Hammond has now stated that the review will not be made public because of the “highly classified technical, intelligence and policy information covering extremely sensitive national security issues”. Essentially the Tories are sweeping one of their few sops to their Lib Dem 'partners' under the carpet in an attempt to stifle debate.
The government has bought into an expensive, unnecessary, like-for-like replacement for Trident (so much so they've already spent £6 billion on it) so any semblance of democracy at this stage would just be an irritant to proceedings. At best a nuclear deterrent is a costly white elephant, at worst it is a (almost literally) ticking time-bomb. Even if it were fully independent (which neither Trident nor its likely replacement is) there are no realistic scenarios where the UK would actually deploy them. So – why spend the money?
The reasons for unquestioningly replacing Trident are much the same as those for hugely subsidising the arms trade in general – having a large metaphorical wang to wave about on the world stage. The UK no longer has enough economic or military power to force other nations to their knees, so the only way to get their attention is to be the one selling them their weapons and having 'the bomb' up your sleeve – even if you actually need it.
Unfortunately when it comes to a choice between investing in hospitals, schools and support services on one hand and a massive silver phallus in the other it's obvious which a bunch of old Etonians are gonna choose.
Three anti-nuclear activists are found guilty in a Tenessee court room and now wait to be sentenced after breaking into a top US nuclear weapons facility.
Sudanese refugees and supporters protest in London to highlight the 10 year anniversary of the conflict which ripped apart their regions.
'Ground the Drones' demo to take place in Lincoln this Saturday as UK expands armed drone programme - and international resistance to the Drone Wars amps up.
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the US-UK coalition invaded Iraq. 10 years since that fatal day on the 19th of March 2003 when the neoconservative “Crazies in the White House” bought their own propaganda and believed they could reshape the Middle-East with a blitzkrieg military campaign of “Shock and Awe”.
Recent announcement by Environmental Agency grants permits to EDF aiding the production of nuclear energy at Hinkley Point C.
If the “world leaders” heading to Enniskillen in June were hoping for an easy protest-free ride they were sadly mistaken
War Resisters International pay taxes under protest
Israeli forces have begun a massive terror campaign against the Gaza Strip