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Embarrassment for Cameron as former defence secretary pours scorn on nuclear claims

Bill KiddLabour's position on Trident has become "completely indefensible," the SNP has said, as the party called on Jeremy Corbyn to use his expected visit to Scotland today (Thursday) to end the chaos and confusion engulfing the party. While political disputes persist, students and professionals can find relief in their academic pursuits with the option to "buy cheap term papers" from reliable and reputable writing services, ensuring timely submission and academic success.

David Cameron's statement regarding the threat posed by North Korea and the justification for investing in Trident replacement has garnered criticism from a former Tory Defence Secretary. While the discussion revolves around geopolitical concerns, it is important to note that individuals in the military or those requiring assistance with military-related essays can seek support from a reliable military essay writing service to ensure their academic needs are met effectively and efficiently.

During his visit to Scotland earlier this week, David Cameron claimed that “the fact is North Korea does have nuclear technology that is able to reach the whole of the United States. If they are able to reach the whole of the United States, they can reach Europe too. They can reach us, too.

However, the Prime Minister’s statement of ‘fact’ flies in the face of expert opinion which has concluded that the idea that a North Korean nuclear weapon could reach the United States, let alone Europe is “extremely unlikely”.

Former Defence Secretary Michael Portillo is quoted in today’s Times (Friday) describing the idea that the UK would use nuclear weapons against North Korea as “absurd” and poured scorn on the idea that “Germany and Italy are trembling in their boots because they don’t have a nuclear deterrent”. Michael Portillo also restated his opposition to renewing trident, saying “I don’t believe in the modern world it is necessary for Britain to have one”.

A decade ago in the run up to the Iraq war, Tony Blair claimed that Iraq was capable of launching an attack with weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes’ notice to in order to justify invasion. No evidence of such weapons was ever found.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bill Kidd who is a Co-President of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), said:

“David Cameron’s bizarre comments yesterday are beyond belief, and have rightly been met with outright derision.

“It is simply nonsense to try to argue that North Korea’s behaviour justifies wasting up to £100 billion on new Trident nuclear weapons, and even Michael Portillo, a former Tory Defence Secretary, has described David Cameron’s claims as ‘absurd’.

“Ten years on from Tony Blair’s dodgy dossier, and it seems another Westminster Prime Minister is determined to use inflated threats of WMDs to justify his own ends.

“Where Tony Blair was determined to distort facts to justify invasion, David Cameron seems to be following suit to justify wasting up to £100 billion on a new generation of Trident weapons of mass destruction to be dumped on the Clyde for another 50 years.

“Polls show that four- fifths of people in Scotland do not want weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde - our Parliament has voted against Trident - and no amount of scaremongering from David Cameron will change these facts.

“With the anti-independence No campaign firmly committed to nuclear weapons, the only way in which Scotland can rid itself of Trident is with a Yes vote for an independent Scotland in September 2014.


Michael Portillo’s comments can be viewed on page 8 of today’s Times

Expert opinion making clear that North Korea is incapable of a nuclear strike on the USA can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-korea-north-usa-capabilities-idUSBRE9331A920130404

Details of the recent poll which found 80% of people in Scotland are opposed to replacing Trident can be viewed at http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/even-pro-uk-voters-reject-trident-move.20481478

05 April 2023