Neu Arbeit - in the face of stiff backbench opposition is gearing itself up for a fight over the future of our 'independent' nuclear deterrent. With a price tag of Â£20bn is this simply a waste of money which could be better spent on investing into the wider armed services. Housing and facilities infrastructure, new kit you name it. I am not a namby tree hugger but as the deterrent is independent in name only ie. we buy it all from the Septics would not use it without their permission and that the times have changed why exactly do we need it anymore? The days of 3 Shock Army motoring over the hill are long gone in every conflict we enter into now overwhelming superiority on the air and the ground are always guaranteed - far more then the traditional 3:1. As it has been publically stated that we would not go to war without being part of some US coalition surely being under their nuclear umbrella is a given. Nuclear deterrents are so 70's lets have the cash I say!