As the nature of warfare changes, and not necessarily in a good way or bad way, it is just changing,
must determine how
many submarines with nuclear weapons it must have.
|William the Conqueror|
Never wouild have
invaded Britain if they
had their nuclear subs
Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary, will set out the proposal on Tuesday after heading a review of the alternative options to the £25bn “like-for-like” successor to Trident fleet favoured by the Conservatives.
The two Coalition parties are divided on the need for a full-scale replacement and the Liberal Democrat leadership faces pressure from some activists to support unilateral nuclear disarmament.
Why, a person might ask, does
any nuclear weapons carrying submarines.
Well there is this.
Mr Alexander’s plan, to be spelt out in a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, would end the “continuous at-sea deterrence” offered by the four Trident subs, one of which is always on patrol. In a gesture towards disarmament, the two boats would not necessarily be armed with nuclear weapons unless there was an imminent danger to the
However, the Tories are expected to criticise such an approach claiming that ending round-the-clock deterrence would invite a pre-emptive attack on
Now exactly what army is going to engage in a pre-emptive attack on
is not known at this time, but as soon as the Conservatives who are worried
about such a thing know we are sure they will tell the rest of us.
The last invasion of
happened in 1066 with the Normans,
and the last major threat was the Spanish Armada sometime in the late 1600’s. But it is always possible that the Normans
and the Spanish will combine to try to invade Britain
in 2066 to celebrate the 1,000 year anniversary of the last conquest of the Island nation. And
we are sure the Conservatives will remind everyone that if Britain only had a submarine or two in 1066 none
of those awful foreigners that now inhabit London
and the other cities would be there.