Author Archives: Gareth Jones

Opinion: Thoughts on Trident alternatives

The much awaited Trident alternatives report is out; and, within the given parameters, its quite a good one. The party should be happy it forced the MOD to publicly review its nuclear deterrent for the first time.

However, the revelation that ballistic missiles are superior to cruise missiles for nuclear deterrent is not really a revelation for even laypersons like myself, and the debate is really about replacing the V class nuclear submarines which carry Trident rather than the missile itself. Retaining the Trident system, which we already operate, would always be a cheaper option than a

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Opinion: Funding defence

HMS Astute Arrives at Faslane for the First TimeDefence Secretary Phillip Hammond has made headlines by suggesting the MOD and the armed forces should be spared any more significant cuts in the future spending review, instead suggesting the cuts should come from the social welfare budget instead.

The problem is… I partially agree with him; the defence budget is already the bare minimum required to meet the UK’s international commitments. It has not only received its share of austerity cuts under the Coalition but was underfunded under Blair and Brown leading …

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Opinion: A Submarine for all seasons

The former defence minister, Nick Harvey, has reignited the debate about the replacement of Trident or, more specifically, the ballistic missile-carrying nuclear submarines which convey it.

Ironically, the Conservative Chancellor George Osborne has greatly helped the case for not renewing Trident, by placing the £25 Billion cost of the successor submarine in the main Defence budget, to compete with conventional arms for money. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the chiefs of the three services are reported to be going cold on the idea of a like-for-like replacement.

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  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 23rd Jun - 9:28pm
    Thanks for so many supportive comments
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    @Andy Cooke Thanks! Do write it anyway. While a fair few read these comments, far more read the articles. And what you have to say...
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    Simpson, I think if we have learned any lesson it is that policies from the extreme wing of the Tory Party are not popular in...
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    Ah Ok Holly - fair do's - didn't know that You obviously are an expert here and extremely passionate - just been reading your last...
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    @Mike Migration Watch are nasty islamophobes and xenophobes. They're not a good source for anyone who cares about immigrants.
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    The reason The Coalition was so bad for us was that we tried to make the transition from "Nice" Protest Party to Government in one...
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