…Any Green knows that money is limited.
But when it comes to government, there’s a lot of things we don’t need that most parties want to spend more on, and the first among them is Trident.
Trident is Britain’s nuclear weapons programme. It’s based in Scotland and could kill 320 million people. But the Scots don’t want it.
In fact, very few people want it. The military doesn’t. George Osborne does, but he doesn’t want to pay for it, which is why it will no longer be paid for by the Treasury but the Defence budget. In fact, In 2007 one of the biggest ever backbench rebellions against a government was on replacing Trident. Labour only managed to pass it because the Tories did as well, whilst every other party voted against, along with 88 Labour MPs. Mark Tami voted in favour.
Replacing Trident will cost £100bn. That would pay for all tuition fees for 30 years, or to run all A&E departments for 40. We could build 30,000 new houses per year for 20 years. We could eradicate a lot of poverty.
One of the first decisions the new government is going to have to make is whether to replace trident. I believe that that money is best spent funding human needs, rather than weapons of mass destruction that we don’t need. Germany does without them, as does every country in the world except nine- we can as well.
We don’t need to make cuts to public services- we can cut Trident. Some parties would prefer to see queues outside A&E if it allows us to retain this useless weapons system, however.
If you agree, vote Green in May, and consider joining the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) at http://www.cnduk.org/join
I am a member of CND’s National Council, but am writing in a personal capacity.