Hillsborough, Co. Down, N. Ireland
NHS staff forced into making face masks out of plastic water bottles and 3D printers for protection against the coronavirus when the UK is spending an estimated £31bn to replace the four Trident nuclear submarines. (I don’t know why I’m having flashbacks of Blue Peter and sticky-back plastic.) The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament puts the overall cost at retaining Trident at £205bn over a thirty-year period. I don’t know about you, but how will Trident protect us from any type of calamity whether it’s an economic crash, a global virus pandemic or terrorist attacks in our cities?
I’m struggling to think of any. Yet I can think of many ways that £31bn could keep people safe in the UK by being invested in our NHS, housing, jobs, education, infrastructure, etc. I still can’t think of anything that Trident can protect us from… Still thinking. Images of Peter Purves keep popping into my head.