Yay, great news!  £1.1 billion is to be spent on equipping our next generation of nuclear weapon delivery systems with nuclear reactors. What a great use of taxpayer’s money.

Having balanced the MoD’s books we can now invest in vital strategic capabilities to meet the present and future defence needs of the UK, Phillip Hammond said.

This contract will secure hundreds of highly skilled jobs for the UK industry, while retaining our sovereign nuclear capability.

The promise of jobs in these economically ruinous times is always an alluring one but all that glitters is not always gold.  Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican President in the 1950s and allied commander during World War II, put it best in relation to “defence” spending at the expense of greater priorities.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed

This coalition government should be investing in retraining these highly skilled workers for the green revolution to be carried out by the self proclaimed “greenest government ever”.  

In other nuclear and dubious claims news, in the US the race to regain the title of fastest computer in the world back from China has been won with a supercomputer that carries out simulations of nuclear weapons. What a great use of supercomputing power eh?  Not on medical or scientific progress to help the world’s poor or to find a new renewable energy template for us all but to test out the effectiveness of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.  

Thumbs up and smiley faces for the continuation of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

Jonathan Woodrow Martin

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