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Michael Portillo On Trident Replacement

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Just before the election I heard him in a interview say its madness that the UK would consider to pay out for a Trident replacement as we don't really have a viable Army now, let alone an Air force or Navy! Also that it is hardly an independent deterrent.

A bit weird hearing an ex Conservative MP and ex Secretary of State for Defence saying that?

In other news North Korea now has a nuclear missile sub which has successfully launched a nuclear capable missile.

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Im not sure why not having a big army means you shouldnt have nukes.

Regardless of whether you have a hundred million soldiers like china or barely a couple of million like israel (and usually a lot less) the deterrent factor is still there.

I take it trident is not our only nuke type though...lib dem guy a month back was saying he didnt want to replace trident as we dont have enough subs to make it useful, but wanted to keep our other nukes.

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I thought we ditched everything else back when we got rid of the Vulcan bombers. So submarine launched missiles only, ie Trident.

Could be wrong though!

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Small tactical nukes carried by Tornado bombers but the delivery system is very much out of date

Nuclear depth charges but we don't have the ships to carry them!

I think one of Portillos points was that Britains nuclear deterrence isn't independent like the French is.

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