We may not have managed to axe Trident in the Defence review, but the five year delay certainly puts the onus back onto Labour. There record is pretty shabby in regard to Trident having already voted to go ahead with the programme, but now they have a second chance.
If these press reports are true then it is clear that Liberal Democrat views have prevailed.
“Extending the life of the existing Trident fleet will not only save money in the short term; it will allow the opportunity to keep nuclear policy under review, to explore the possibilities of co-operation with the French, and even to consider other alternatives to like for like replacement of Trident.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Lib Dems wish to axe the whole programme. The mood of conference this year was very clear. Few of us can see a legitimate role for Britain to have this cold war weapon and all of us want seriously to participate in the nuclear reduction round that Obama has initiated.