The case for keeping Trident is far from settled
From Mr John Slinger.
The public must be engaged in an open debate about this crucial issue and not told that the decision is a fait accompli. In January 2007, my father David Slinger organised a debate on the future of Trident. The main speakers were Michael Meacher MP and Bruce Kent from Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament against Trident, and local MP for the Forest of Dean, Mark Harper (now Immigration Minister) and Dr Lee Willett, a defence and weapons analyst, in favour. In this Conservative-voting village, the hall was packed, a gripping, informative and passionately argued debate ensued and the outcome of the vote was 125 people voted against renewing Trident, 15 voted in favour of retaining it and 10 people abstained. Perhaps the argument for Trident is not as “settled” as your leader assumes.