Letter to the FT: Time to scrap Trident
Sir, News that the Liberal Democrats are reconsidering the UK’s need to replace Trident, and propose jettisoning the thinking behind the ‘Moscow criterion’ is welcome. That the party is hoping to find a more affordable alternative to Trident is not (‘UK in cold war doctrine rethink’, 18 May 2012).
As I argued in my CentreForum report ‘Dropping the Bomb’ this March, there is no credible threat to the UK now or in the foreseeable future where an independent nuclear deterrent would make a contribution to our security. Alternatives to Trident, which include placing missiles on the Royal Navy’s Astute-class submarine, are either technically unproven, fiscally uncosted, militarily ineffective, strategically destabilising or a combination of all four. It is time to scrap Trident and reinvest the savings in Britain’s conventional armed forces.
Toby Fenwick, Research Associate, CentreForum, London SW1, UK
This letter appeared in the Financial Times on 22 May 2012.