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Starmer joins Tories in wasting billions on shameful Trident nuclear weapons

Today (26 February 2021)the Labour party announced support for the Conservative policy of spending billions on nuclear weapons, the Trident nuclear missile.

TRIDENT IS A LONG TERM EXPENSE COSTING BILLIONS FOR DECADES TO COME
The country is facing huge economic problems, so why plan to spend billions on an outdated weapon that had its time in the 1950s? It’s as pointless as bows and arrows as a defence system. And it is shamefully immoral in its ability to destroy many cities and wipe out millions of innocent human beings by explosion and radiation at the press of a button.

TRIDENT IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

No imaginable threat can justify preparing to annihilate cities and cause long-term environmental devastation.

Each trident submarine carries destructive power over 200 times greater than the bombs that destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

TRIDENT IS NOW ILLEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into effect earlier this year. The Conservative and Labour parties clearly plan to ignore the treaty. Over 190 countries do not have nuclear weapons.

WHICH COUNTRY IS BRITAIN AFRAID OF? WHICH COUNTRY IS AFRAID OF BRITAIN?

Our nuclear weapons did not deter Argentina from trying to seize the British Falkland Islands in 1982. They cannot deter suicidal terrorists. No potential invader (who could that possibly be?) wants to use nuclear weapons against us because what use would a Britain that had become a radio-active wilderness be to them?

THE ROAD TO TRUE DEFENCE

Defence is best achieved through international co-operation and trade. That’s how we have overcome the threats from our former enemies: Spain, Holland, France, Germany and others. They do not co-operate with us because of fear of annihilation.

Nuclear weapons, like castles, are relics of outmoded, obscene, fantasy thinking on defence and have no place in the modern world. Now, the last thing we need is the threatened destruction of humanity. Today we need to co-operate to deal with environmental and humanitarian crises that call for our attention.

The reasons for this government spending is not defence but thousands of jobs in our arms industries. We need people and money to address the pressing social needs of this country. We need to spend money more wisely.

David Roberts
26 February 2021 Updated 12 March 2021

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