Keeping in line with the British prime ministers that came before her, Theresa May has confirmed she WILL authorise a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, if she has to.
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She said this just before MPs voted to renew Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
As the new PM laid out the case for renewal, she was asked:
Can we cut to the chase? Is she personally prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that can kill a hundred thousand innocent men, women and children?
To which she replied:
Yes. And I have to say to you, t he whole point of a deterrent is that our enemies need to know that we would be prepared to.
Here’s the footage:
Is our PM prepared to launch a nuclear strike that could kill 100,000 people?
Theresa May: "Yes" https://t.co/MrqmXdARfU
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 18, 2016
When it was Jeremy Corbyn’s turn to speak, he countered:
I would not take a decision that kills millions of innocent people, I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate way to go about international relations.
This puts Corbyn at odds with his own party’s official stance, which I guess is good news for Theresa May.
Theresa May is right though – Britain does need a deterrent and assuring your enemies you can and will blow them up is a pretty solid deterrent. I think even Corbyn would have to at least pretend he could blow someone up if he hypothetically came into power?
Obviously it’d be great if this was a deterrent we never have to use, so let’s hope it doesn’t come to that for our new PM who no one voted for. Go Team UK!