Nick Clegg (the leader of the Lib Dems) last night stated that he would not renew the Trident missile system when it expires in 2024. Fortunately for the UK and the safety of its citizens the Lib Dems are so highly unlikely to get into power that this news story almost becomes a non-event, but the fact that a high profile politician is quite happy to tell the country that we don't need a nuclear deterrent concerns me quite considerably. It won't be long before a few more of the Westminster set jump on the bandwagon and decide that its too expensive to run Trident when its due for renewal, and that is a major worry for me. Successive governments have massacred our armed forces for decades through budget cuts and mis-management, and the MoD is in the immediate firing line yet again for reductions to the kitty. We have barely enough manpower for our current committments and now this clown wants to increase the demands placed on the three services furthermore by removing the most potent weapon in our arsenal. Surely any decision not to renew Trident would mean that the money saved has to be spent on recruiting more troops/sailors/marines/airmen to compensate for our vastly weaker defences, but I'm not nearly stupid enough to think that the MoD would see any of the Trident monies. All the government see is a weapon that we haven't used since we bought it (which in my opinion proves that it has been 100% effective) which costs a lot and is an easy target to reduce costs, with scant regard for the wider repercussions of a UK without nuclear armament.