Trident

The Morning After: Why the Scottish Referendum Could (and Should) Be the Making of 'New Britain'

Nicholas Wright | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Wright

If voters in Scotland choose independence, we will collectively face unprecedented constitutional upheaval. But even if Scots decide to stay in the Union, things cannot simply return to the status quo ante.

What Young People Don't, But Should, Know About Britain's Nuclear Weapons

Claudia Hyde | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

For governments seeking to strengthen their own agendas it can help to have a minimally informed or, at least, somewhat apathetic electorate. And so important political decisions are often veiled in a cloak of terminology that alienates voters - especially young voters.

Is Trident Detracting From Our National Security Strategy?

Carine Bambara | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Carine Bambara

The reality is that the UK cannot rely on weapons that were designed for a different world and political context to fight these modern day security threats.

Trident: What Is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Cristina Varriale | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cristina Varriale

My view is that renewing Trident and maintaining a CASD (continuous at sea-deterrence) is not a policy Britain should be preserving. It's obsolete, not only wasting resources but upholding a defence policy that does not address the changes within a post-Cold-War world.

SNP Plan To Scrap Trident 'Unacceptable For Nato'

PA | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

The SNP's plan to scrap Trident would cast a "dark shadow" over the international reception given to a newly independent Scottish nation, according to...

Radiation Leak Prompts Apology Demand From Salmond

PA | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond has demanded an apology from David Cameron for failing to tell Scottish ministers about a radiation problem at a nuclear submarine test r...

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

A layer of our political elite still thinks that Britain's power and status can be secured by Cold War weapons. But others already understand that the challenges lie in climate change, hunger, injustice - and the asymmetrical warfare in varying forms that those problems will increasingly bring if unresolved. This is where the thinking of our political class needs to be.

WATCH: Farage Doesn't Know His Own Manifesto

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage got into a spot of bother on the BBC's Daily Politics on Thursday when he was ambushed with the details of his party's own 2010 manifesto...

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Lib Dems Could Take Historic Step In Vote to Scrap Trident at Conference

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

On Tuesday, the Liberal Democrat Conference will debate and vote on the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system. Putting this controversial issue out for open debate is much to the party's credit and its record on challenging the status quo on Trident is streets ahead of the two main Westminster parties, which remain mired in Cold war thinking.

Renewing Trident Shouldn't Be Judged on the 'Threat' From North Korea and Iran

James O'Malley | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

Once again renewing Trident is in the news, so some time soon we can expect to hear politicians or commentators explain that Trident is necessary because off the threats from Iran or North Korea, or some other rogue regime. Unfortunately, this is a complete red herring of an argument as long as you've thought about the issue for a couple of minutes. And now I'm going to explain why.

Scotland Will Rid the UK of the Nuclear Threat

Neil Scott | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Scott

When Scotland votes Yes in the referendum, I firmly believe this will see the end of nuclear weapons based on the British Isles. Whether or not NATO decides to house them elsewhere on the European mainland is contentious.

What's the Point of Nuclear Weapons?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Why do we have them? Why for that matter do any of those nations have them? Why are some nations keen to spend fortunes on programmes developing these weapons - whilst their people go hungry? Because it means they are in that club - vanity.

Trident Nuclear Replacement Will Cost £25 Billion

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

A like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent will cost £25 billion. Opponents argue that's a lot of money - especially in a time o...

The Real Alternative to Trident Replacement

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

The UK is currently at a crossroads: we can choose to become a world leader in disarmament, non-proliferation and the verification systems necessary to realise the eradication of nuclear weapons worldwide, or we can choose to contribute to global insecurity, nuclear proliferation, and increase the risk of nuclear terrorism through the modernising of our nuclear arsenal.

Tories Savage 'Naive' Lib Dem Plan To Cut Trident Fleet

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics

Britain can maintain a credible nuclear deterrent without a like-for-like replacement of its Trident submarine fleet, a review by the Liberal Democrat...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The War Over Welfare, Part 78

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 16 July 2013... 1) THE WAR OVER WELFARE, PART 78 The day after the benefit cap rolled out, and Iain ...

Ned Simons

Alistair Darling Savages 'Ludicrous' Plan For UK To Keep Scottish Nuke Base

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

Alistair Darling has ridiculed the idea of the UK retaining control of the Faslane nuclear submarine base even if Scotland became independent as "ludi...

Trident Alternatives Do Exist Insists Lib Dems

PA | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Politics

A Government review into the UK's nuclear deterrent options will show alternatives other than a like-for-like replacement of Trident exist, Danny Alex...

Rethinking the UK's Foreign Policy Role

Mike Giles | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Giles

Despite the US-led invasion of Afghanistan starting back in October 2001, around 9,000 British soldiers still remain stationed in the country to this day, with a remit of training up local military forces to take over security by the end of 2014.

North Korea : Media, Miscalculations and Calls for Calm

Colin Pattinson | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics
Colin Pattinson

North Korea is not as irrationally troublesome as some sections of the media would lead you to believe. It's often entirely pragmatic and if anything is consistently attention-seeking rather than reckless and erratic.

Is It Time for the UK to Give Up Its Nukes?

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It's quiz time. Who said this? "We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British government embarked on it over six decades ago ... The nuclear threat has not gone away."

Michael Portillo Attacks David Cameron's 'Absurd' North Korea Nuclear Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's claim that the UK needs nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea has been dismissed as "absurd" by a former Conservative defe...

David Cameron: Britain Would Be 'Foolish' To Scrap Its Nukes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK

David Cameron has issued a stark warning against any move to abandon Britain's Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North ...

Standing Up Against a Colossal Waste of £100bn on Trident Replacement

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

What are nuclear weapons? Cold War relics? Necessary evils? Indiscriminate bombs? The ultimate insurance policy? The answer of course depends on your personal outlook. But here's another way of putting it: for the UK, nuclear weapons are over £100billion of taxpayers' money.