[Marxism] Fwd: May refuses to confirm whether she knew about Trident 'malfunction' | UK news | The Guardian

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 22 07:50:52 MST 2017

Theresa May has repeatedly refused to confirm whether she knew about a 
reported failed Trident test when she addressed parliament during a 
debate on the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile veered in the wrong direction towards 
the US when it was launched from a British submarine off the coast of 
Florida in June last year, the Sunday Times reported.

It quoted an unnamed senior naval source as saying that the “disastrous 
failure” caused panic in Downing Street, which feared it would damage 
the credibility of Britain’s nuclear deterrent and so decided to cover 
it up.

In July, weeks after the test and days after May became prime minister, 
MPs voted overwhelmingly to spend up to £40bn on replacing Britain’s 
Trident programme. May drew gasps during the parliamentary debate when 
she made clear she would be willing to authorise a nuclear strike 
killing 100,000 people. However, she made no mention of the test and 
both Labour and the SNP have demanded to know why.


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