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Defence Committee
Written evidence from John and Margaret Parry

We hope the prospect of Scottish Independence is concentrating members’ minds on the futility of replacing Trident at the cost of £100 billion.

There is no alternative base available in the UK for nuclear submarines without vast expenditure and a campaign to persuade English voters that such expenditure is justified, at a time of savage cuts in the life-giving services of health, education and social welfare.

The whole premise of a nuclear deterrent is now outmoded, since the advent of suicide bombers. They would be quite happy to have their own bases destroyed if they could inflict damage on our nuclear capability—so there is no point in having it.

Please support realistic future scenarios, not this ludicrous anachronism.

July 2012

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