It should be no surprise that Michael Fallon doesn’t want to lose his nastiest toy.
Having lost traction with the public by using the “deterrent” argument for keeping Trident, he is now claiming the loss of Trident would harm Scottish jobs – even though Scottish Labour has already said workers should transfer to new defence initiatives.
This is just another aspect of Project Fear. Scottish workers are being told their jobs are at risk, but the claim is not true – or will only come true if this very defence secretary decides to launch his own vindictive attack on them.
The UK defence secretary has said Labour’s divisions over the renewal of Trident could endanger thousands of Scottish jobs.
Michael Fallon told the BBC that a decision to scrap the nuclear missile system could jeopardise millions of pounds of investment in Scotland.
Scottish Labour accused the defence secretary of “aggresive politics”.
MPs are expected to vote this year on whether to back government plans to renew the UK’s four Trident submarines.
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