A Trident Vanguard-class submarine [Image: PA].

A Trident Vanguard-class submarine [Image: PA].

So now Trident is twice as unaffordable as it was before, and we still won’t be able to use it without permission from the USA.

And the Tories still want it – one presumes because it would allow them to continue thinking of the UK as a ‘World Power’, whatever that might be.

They’ll be wanting to make more cuts to the benefit system to pay for it, though. Perhaps that’s why there’s suddenly a lot of talk about pensions…

The overall cost of replacing Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system would be £167bn, double previous credible estimates, according to new calculations based on official figures.

The Reuters news agency reports that a replacement would cost nearly double the proportion the defence budget as its predecessor.

Ministers have previously suggested the cost could be as low as £20bn, but this calculation is widely believed to exclude various other factors.

Source: The cost of replacing Trident is really £167bn, new figures suggest | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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