As Emily Thornberry, Shadow Defence Secretary, closes the consultation period on her defence review, critics of the review have been engaging on the substance. They worry that minds currently are just a little too open to alternatives for comfort, and that a non-Trident alternative could become Labour policy...
Reassurances without evidence from institutions or politicians heavily committed to the renewal project hold little credibility in the face of clear and emerging technologies that could not only undermine the advantage of the submarine, but leave us with an expensive and destabilising system. We need to reopen the Trident Alternatives Review and do a better job this time.
We've consistently maintained complete opposition to nuclear weapons over decades, in line with our principles and values. And we've got a government that - having won the vote of just 24% of eligible voters - doesn't have a mandate to make the massive, dangerous decision of replacing Trident. Please join the call to scrap Trident - on the streets of London, online, in your conversations with friends, classmates, colleagues and family.
Trident is in the news again, and will continue to generate heat in the run up to a parliamentary debate promised later this year on the programme and patrolling posture. But the outcome is clear, pre-determined in the minds of the political elite and to some extent in contractual and diplomatic commitments.
At the moment we have been told that we need these weapons and that's all, no discussion, no options, no consideration of what we do if there is a proliferation of states increasing their nuclear capabilities, no discussion of the harm they could cause in accidents and no alternative opinions taken seriously.
The announcement of a debate on CASD is a welcome opportunity to shift from a simple (and sometimes rather parochial) question of whether the UK has its own independent nuclear deterrent, towards Britain's widely recognised responsibilities to promote multilateral disarmament by considering further steps down the nuclear ladder.