Nuclear arms should belong in the past

Ronnie Campbell
Ronnie Campbell

In the Commons Theresa May said without hesitation that she would be willing to press the nuclear button.

I could not say the same – although the chances of me occupying No 10 are small – which is one reason I voted against the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

That does not mean I’m soft on defence – I’m immensely proud of our conventional armed services, which, for a time, included my own son.

But it is obscene to be spending an extra £31bn on Trident during ongoing austerity and cutbacks at home.

And who or what would the missiles be aimed at?

The supposed threat from the Soviet Union is long gone, and Trident is useless against the real and present danger from terrorists, unless you are insane enough to wipe out an entire city to kill a suicide bomber.

The use of Trident nuclear weapons would bring about human devastation and suffering on an unimaginable scale. They belong in the dustbin of history, alongside the Cold War.

I sympathise with those in the arms and construction industries who could lose their jobs if Trident was to be scrapped, but to devote so many billions to something which no one would use is madness.

Labour’s National Policy Forum is looking at policy on Trident prior to the party conference in September, at which party members could vote to overturn decades of support for nuclear weapons. I hope they do.