TONY Blair will commit the UK to maintaining its submarine-based Trident missile system for decades to come when he outlines plans for the next generation of nuclear deterrence tomorrow. But the Cabinet is poised to rubber-stamp a proposed reduction in the number of submarines to give Britain a more flexible nuclear armoury, potentially including smaller ‘bunker-busting’ weapons that can be launched from jets.
Scotland on Sunday 3rd Dec 2006
Observer 3rd Dec 2006
With independence, Scotland would assume responsibility for its own defence, with such international agreements as it might wish to make. This is one of the issues where majority opinion in Scotland and England diverge. Most people in England still seem to hold on to the idea of Britain (or England) as a world power. From this follows a desire to renew the so-called nuclear deterrent.
Sunday Telegraph 3rd Dec 2006
The nuclear poison used to kill Alexander Litvinenko has left a trail that appears to lead back to Moscow. It’s a killing that could yet seriously undermine relations between Britain and Russia.
Sunday Times 3rd Dec 2006
Radiation and Health
The NHS was yesterday ordered to hand over details of childhood leukaemia cases around a nuclear power plant after a landmark ruling on Scotland’s freedom of information laws. In the first case of its kind to reach the Court of Session, three judges upheld a decision by the freedom of information watchdog to order a public body to release hitherto secret data.
Herald 2nd Dec 2006
Scotsman 2nd Dec 2006