Tuesday, December 05, 2006

You wait ages for a post...

...then 3 come along at once. Check out this news report on Labour's plans to replace Trident:

'Watch as Labour First Minister runs down a corridor to hide from journalists wanting to ask why he supports spending billions on nuclear weapons of mass destruction.'

The best bit comes around 1'30" into the clip, as a press officer tries to prevent the TV crew from filming the FM as he disappears away down the corridor. Somehow, I'm not convinced this is the sort of statesman-like image he would want to project to the world...

3 comments:

Davie Hutchison said...

Who exactly is the Independent Nuclear deterrent meant to 'deter'?

There were two Labour MSPs who voted with the SNP and others against Trident in the Scottish Parliament after a recent protest. I wonder if all those Labour MSPs (and indeed MPs) will continue to vote with their conscious over WMDs.

Richard Thomson said...

Dunno, Davie. Consciences seem to be optional extras when it comes to New Labour.

But let's say the cost is £25bn and it does, as some suggest, provide 11,000 jobs. That means that by scrapping Trident, you could give everyone who works there, from the base commander to the guy who checks your pass at the gate, a cheque for £2,272,727.

We chafed at the Tories spending £20,000 for each job at Chungwa (remember that?), but to cite employment as a reason for pressing ahead when each job costs £2.3m is really taking the proverbial...

Davie Hutchison said...

It seems that my Labour oppenent Malcolm Chisholm has come out against trident.

wonder how that will go down at his next meeting with jack?