The BBC reports today that a cross-party Trident Commission has recommended that the UK retain Trident.
No surprise there. The big three Westminster parties were represented on the commission and the only difference between them seems to be that the Lib Dems say we can get by with only 3 submarines, not 4.
The SNP were not represented on the commission and re-iterated their opposition to Trident. The official MOD position on the impact of Scottish independence on Trident is that they are not making any plans. Yes, I’m serious and I can provide the official document that says it (look up http://www.gov.uk “Scotland analysis : defence”).
So the Westminster parties see fit to snub the party which runs a majority Scottish government in the country which houses Trident. Did they not think how badly this would go down in Scotland, in the lead-up to the referendum? Did they not even have the decency to issue a communique to the SNP showing some respect for their very different position on Trident and explaining why they were not invited to the commission? What happened to the Edinburgh agreement which spouted a spirit of co-operation between Westminster and Scotland? What is going on? Is Westminster cutting off diplomatic relations with Scotland while the SNP are in charge?
I’m not a politician but I just don’t understand how they can hope to negotiate amicably with an independent Scotland with this kind of attitude. It doesn’t really help us in the continuing UK.