Apparently, if we are to believe Ros Scott and the LibDems, the LibDems are ‘winning’ when it comes to Trident. Now let’s be clear, the only thing that has been decided and could possible be equated as a ‘win’ is that Trident wont be renewed this parliament. All this does, much to some Tory MPs’ annoyance especially, is delay the decision. The Tories will be hoping that they are elected with a majority next election whilst for the meantime, concentrating on preventing any fracturing to the coalition. Regardless, even if Labour are elected (as I will eat my hat if the LibDems are – or any other party, as even if the AV system is voted in, it will do nothing for PR) then they will also press forward with renewal. The LibDems have actually missed the only chance they had to actually do what they set out to do.
Let’s get another thing clear. The LibDems are not against Trident renewal in its most obvious sense, as they still want a replacement.The LibDems cannot argue that they are pushing forward with decommissioning whilst championing a ‘cheaper’ (defined economically, of course and as usual) alternative to Trident. Lets consider some of the downfalls regarding the LibDem argument regarding Trident.
- They argue that Trident is outdated – but then argue for a replacement, whilst ignoring the wider point that nuclear weapons full stop are outdated.
- They ignore the environmental issue regarding nuclear weapons – you only have to look at destructions caused by nuclear weapons before, and the potential for further environmental damage, to understand the seriousness of this.
- They ignore the moral argument that it is wrong to preach to countries such as Iran whilst fostering your own selection of nuclear weapons.
- They argue that it will save money, true, but this money will not make a difference for many years to come. It will also be reduced by any ‘replacement’ they seek.
So there isn’t a very convincing argument to defend the LibDem’s position. If they were for replacing it, as the Tories and Labour are, then whilst I disagree with their argument it at least stands up ideological logic. And if you are against it, the Greens have moral, environmental and economic arguments to support their position.
In terms of environmental policy in general, whilst it is a different issue, the LibDems have also just thrown support behind the commissioning of eight new nuclear power stations. Again, moral, environmental and economic issues are ignored, as is the scale of investment that is required for alternative renewable energy to make a substantial difference.
Again, another day where we learn about the continual flip flopping of the LibDems and their cringe worth attempts of justification.