Plaid condemn Coalition's 'warped priorities' over Trident renewal


Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams MP has condemned the government's decision to spend a further £1bn on renewing the UK's nuclear weapon arsenal, describing the Coalition as having 'warped priorities' in a time of financial crisis.

Mr Williams labelled the contract an "immoral investment" when deep and damaging cuts are being made to areas such as health, education and social care provision.

Mr Williams said:

"At a time when essential services such as health, education and social care are suffering deep and damaging cuts, the government's warped sense of priorities is a cause for concern.

"This unnecessary spending exposes the Con-Dems' double standards when it comes to balancing the books.

"We are constantly reminded of the mess left by Labour and the claim that the public purse is empty. Yet when it comes to wasteful wars and weapons of mass destruction, money seems to be no object.

"Plaid Cymru has consistently opposed spending on nuclear weapons, on both moral and financial grounds, maintaining that the plight of the poorest and most vulnerable in our society is more important than political posturing on the world stage.

"Calling on other countries to stop developing weapons while renewing our own is plain hypocrisy and threatens to create further global instability.

"We will continue to put pressure on the government to rethink this decision while pursuing our more progressive policies of helping the poor, caring for the elderly and vulnerable, and working towards a green and sustainable economy."