Tuesday, November 03, 2015
This goes for Cumbria too ...
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland has issued this statement indicating that the Scottish Conservatives support those working in the defence industries and in naval bases whose jobs would be put at risk if the SNP, Scottish Labour, or Jeremy Corbyn succeeded in closing nuclear submarine bases in Scotland.
Conservatives in Cumbria stand in similar solidarity with BAE Systems employees and all the workers in Barrow and elsewhere who have built and maintained the Vanguard submarines which carry Britain's current Trident nuclear deterrent, and subject to a parliamentary vote next year, will build and maintain the successor submarine programme.
The Conservatives are committed to maintaining Britain's nuclear and conventional defences and will meet the commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence.
Nuclear weapons were needed in the past to deter aggression by the former Soviet Union and they succeeded in doing so. Conservatives believe that we live in a dangerous world and Britain cannot afford the luxury of pretending there is no possibility that in the next thirty years that deterrent will be needed again.
Unilateral nuclear disarmament would mark Britain in the eyes of potential predators as lacking the will to defend ourselves or our allies. Let us remember the comments with which a former Soviet President, Yuri Andropov - who like the present Russian leader, was previously KGB - showed what he really thought of the likes of CND and "Stop the War" -
"Let no one expect unilateral disarmament from us. We are not naive people."
Neither are we.