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Corbyn misses point of Trident; His idea is sub-standard.

I DON'T know if Jeremy Corbyn plays darts, but somehow I doubt it. He'd be too concerned about violating the rights of the dartboard.

Yet his new Trident policy of sending subs to sea minus those pointy missile things on board is like playing darts without the sharp bits.

You might as well add luxury cabins and give submarines over to pleasure cruises for passengers who get agoraphobia on ships.

There's a good economic argument for scrapping the Trident programme. It would save PS100billion.

But only by binning the boats as well as the nukes.

Cuckoo Yet if Britain wants to be a world power it must be a nuclear one. And Trident is the Rolls-Royce of mass destruction.

It's to bog-standard nuclear fireworks what caviar is to fish fingers.

Trident subs can pop out of the sea anywhere undetected. Load missiles on to planes and the world knows you're coming.

If we no longer care about global influence we might as well demob the rest of our armed forces too.

No more expensive foreign wars, but bye bye to Nato, and sayonara to our seat on the UN Security Council. It would make Britain like neutral Switzerland, not so bad if you don't mind fondues, cuckoo clocks, and corrupt Fifa officials for neighbours.

Our army would be reduced to elite special forces to tackle terrorist threats at home and abroad.

And for a navy we'd have a fleet of top-of-the-range patrol boats to make our borders watertight. Those, to my mind, are the only two options. Either we pull our weight in the world with the best nuclear weapons money can buy.

Or we draw in our military horns and leave the rest of the world to get on with it without us.

CND says the money saved would be enough to fund hospital accident and emergency departments for 40 years, hire 150,000 nurses, build 30,000 schools or construct 1.5 million affordable homes.

Either way, letting pricey submarines paddle about without lead in their pencils is the worst of all worlds.

The Labour leader may never score 180 on a dartboard.

But he's going to have to do a 180 degree turn on this one.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2016
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