Politicians on the radio this morning were talking about Trident. If an independent Scotland wants WMDs out of our waters, it will cost ‘tens of billions of pounds,’ and the rest of the UK would have to foot the bill. Nevermind that it’s politicians from the rest of the UK who support Trident – the overwhelming majority of Scots don’t want nuclear weapons. Nevermind that keeping (and replacing) Trident will be an order of magnitude more expensive: £100 billion. Nevermind that nuclear weapons don’t actually keep us safe, and hold the potential for catastrophic misuse or accidents.
If politicians from the rest of the UK want nuclear weapons, if they’re such a valuable ‘deterrent,’ surely they can find a place for them in rUK waters? If they’re willing to spend £100 billion replacing them, surely moving the facilities is just a small increase to the budget – when does a big government project ever stick to its budget, anyway? (though the disabled, unemployed and working poor have no choice about their household budgets) Some of the Westminster politicians have business interests in rebuilding Trident, so extra money from the taxpayer should be welcome!
They never said it was a reason to vote No, but that was the implied message. I see this new information as yet another reason to vote Yes. Not only will we become a WMD-free country, but thinking about the high (monetary) cost of moving Trident might just lead people to consider whether nuclear weapons are a good idea in the first place. With Trident up for renewal, it’s the perfect time to hold rUK politicians to account.
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