Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: The Foreign Policy Centre has surprised Guido with its latest pamphlet. It makes a fairly convincing case that Britain doesn’t have an independent nuclear deterrent. Guido has long suspected that if the PM tried to launch a Trident missile a little light would flash “ARE YOU SURE?” and when the PM answered yes, another light would flash “PLEASE CALL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR PERMISSION”. It seems Guido’s suspicions are basically correct.
The conclusion the pamphlet’s author, Dan Plesch, comes to, is that we shouldn’t bother having nukes if we have to ask Uncle Sam for permission to use them. Guido thinks au contraire we should, like the French, have our own smaller nukes and delivery systems independent of the U.S.
Stephen Twigg’s FPC risks no longer being taken seriously if it pursues a “no nukes” agenda. It is simply inconceivable that Britain, under a Labour or Tory government, would renounce the ultimate deterrent in a world where terrorists and rogue states are seeking to arm themselves with such weapons. MAD indeed.
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”