I'm being thoroughly stereotypical in the way I act on Trident I am afraid. You see, I'm generally a fence sitter on this issue. I know that there are some within the Lib Dems who would like us to throw away our Nuclear weapons. I'm not one of them. Similarly, there are some who think we should immediately back a replacement for Trident. I'm not sure.
After disagreeing with Ming on housing, I have to say I completely back his judgment on all matters foreign and defense related. Ming has been proved rigth time and time again and for all his detractors in other parties, the one thing you never hear him criticised about by Tories is his judgement on issues. Ming feels that we have more time than Labour state before we need decide on a replacement for Trident. given that Labour are not renowned for their timing in defence matters (they might tell us we have 45 minutes to make a decision), I think we can be certain that Blair was trying to railroad parliament in to a macho decision as part of his legacy.
So, some of you ask, why is Trident an issue today. Well the Scottish Parliament today voted against Trident renewal. Okay, so we're all in agreement then ? Well no, we're not.
The problem is that it was a rather unholy alliance of Lib Dems (wait and see), SNP (we want to oppose Labour), Labour rebels (long time CND) and Greens (wave the white flag - we surrender) who voted against Trident.
There will come a time when a decision will have to be made. With a resurgent Russia threatening to aim nuclear weapons at us again and Iran arming itself, I think it is clear that a non Nuclear Britain is a non starter.
Of course, the SNP are playing political games. But they also know, like Belgium, that they don't need Nuclear weapons. After all, when you share a land border with another Nuclear power you can sit back and let them bare the costs. Looks like England will be subsidising the Scot's again !