Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It is foolish of Jeremy Corbyn to think that nuclear weapons have anything to do with defence

Jeremy Corbyn's tiny little "no" (hardly more than a reflex rather than a considered reply) ruthlessly seized on by Sarah Montagu on the Today programme, may have mortally wounded the Labour leader: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033z83d

To be fair to Mr Corbyn, if I were Prime Minister I do not think I could order nuclear weapons dropped on people.

I do not think any normal person could (possibly Blair could, but obviously he is not normal).

But it is foolish of Jeremy Corbyn to think that nuclear weapons have anything to do with defence.

Possession of nuclear weapons is a symbol of "great power" status - the price of admission to the great power club is £100 billion (and possibly cheap at this price).

Therefore no government could give up nuclear weapons without inflicting on the people of the United Kingdom precipitate national decline and humiliation akin to the Suez crisis.

And any party that inflicted such a wanton national humiliation would be severely punished (or possibly killed off altogether) by the electorate.

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