Ethical questions were at the heart of an informed and lively exchange as much as monetary concerns, as speakers disagreed over the moral philosophy of a continuing nuclear deterrent.
QUENTIN LETTS was ‘troubled by Trident’ and its £24 billion cost, opining that politicians would ‘waste it on something else’ if not on Trident. Most people lose any sense of scale when the conversation turns to billions.
We cannot scrap Trident, he admitted, but we can question the
decision to continue with it. In order to buy Trident weapons, we are borrowing billions of pounds from our supposed predators; rather than aiming missiles at our foes, we should, he said, respond with culture and truth.