Cameron on Trident in Scotland
I have written for The Independent on Sunday today about David Cameron’s defence of Trident in Scotland last week. Defence policy is one of those emotive, symbolic issues on which the Conservatives seem to be getting their message sorted out. Welfare is another.
The Scottish speech was significant for Cameron’s legacy too: at the moment, he looks set fair to be remembered as the prime minister who saved the Union, and my colleague James Cusick reported last week that, despite Rupert Murdoch’s tweaking of Cameron, his Scottish Sun would not be supporting a Yes vote for independence next year.
Today’s Sunday Telegraph brings further evidence that the Prime Minister’s advocacy of Trident is also exposing Ed Miliband’s indecision on the subject. Last month the Financial Times reported that the Labour leader was “preparing to ditch his party’s longstanding commitment to a £20bn like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system”. Today, Patrick Hennessy reports the opposite.
Mind you, he also explains how Miliband can do both, because three upgraded submarines may be able to maintain continuous at-sea deterrence for which we need four now.
(Jim Murphy, shadow defence secretary, recently gave his views to the New Statesman.)Tagged in: david cameron, nuclear, Scotland, trident
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