Seventy years ago today, a nuclear weapon was used for the first time in warfare. It was an act of genocide, immediately and indiscriminately killing between 60,000 and 80,000 Japanese men, women and children. Within four months, the death toll had risen to anything between 90,000 and 165,000. Tens of thousands more died as a result of long-term health effects over the following decades. All because of a single bomb, and a single explosion.
Britain's nuclear weapons system is based just thirty miles or so from where I am sitting right now. It consists of almost 200 warheads, each of which has EIGHT TIMES more destructive power than the bomb dropped on August 6th, 1945.
Both the Conservatives and Labour want to renew those weapons, at a cost of £100 billion. That money will either -
a) be wasted on weapons that are never used.
b) cause the deaths of tens of millions of people, perhaps contributing to the destruction of human civilisation within a single day.
There is no third option.
That is all.