1. The United Kingdom's Strategic Nuclear deteretn is just that, nothing more not less. It is nothing to do with holding a seat at the Security Council (of which, when it was formed, the United States was the ONLY nuclear power). It is entirely about deterring a nuclear attack on the United Kingdom by making it clear that the game would not be worth the candle because instant and colossal retribution would ensue.
Anyway the Lisbon Treaty has already given away our UN role as events will slowly show.
2. Hague's naivety in his private life seems to be spilling over into his public role.
Re: D. Mail: "Decision on Â£20bn Trident renewal to be delay
apparently, if they delay the building of the v class successor they navy may get an extra astute to keep the yard working to avoid the obvious jobs/skills loss in barrow which delaying the construction of v successor would cause.