You sound like a Tory politician, Boogers, dismissing £2.5 Billion as somehow "chicken feed."
It is, when set against things like the total NHS budget. It certainly isn't going to make much of a difference - the government already increased NHS spending by £8 billion
And of course it would "available" if Trident were cancelled.
Except it wouldn't, as our NATO membership entails a commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence. Currently the money spent on Trident makes up part of that. If, hypothetically speaking, Trident and it's successor were cancelled then that money would have to be spent elsewhere on defence.
How come we've got to have one?
We don't. However it's a drop in the bucket and to claim otherwise is disingenuous. It smacks of an attempt to evade discussing the herd of giant elephants currently sitting in the corner crapping on the rug. Social and health spending dwarf everything else!
Time, in the light of debt and austerity, to have a re-think about our priorities.
Absolutely. Lets start by abandoning the commitment to the state pension.