Rethinking Trident

In the week of the news that the courts have insisted that the Government needs to conduct a new, more genuine consultation on the future of energy policy in the UK, the democratic Left organsiation Compass has launched a campaign for a proper debate before we rush to renew the Trident nuclear weapon system.
A powerful coalition of 100 scientists, lawyers, church leaders, actors, writers and MPs is demanding a halt to the rush by the Goverment towards a replacement for Britain’s Trident system. One of the supporters of this camapign is the scientist Professor Stephen Hawking who said in a statement:
” Nuclear war remains the greatest danger to the survival of the human race. To replace Trident would make it more difficult to get arms reduction and increase the risk. It would also be a complete waste of money because there are no circumstances in which we would use it independently.”