The latest Tory announcement of new 'Cold War' submarines is empty posturing aimed at getting at Labour and the separatist SNP rather than thinking seriously about the many problems the world faces today and how we can both guard against them and help to reduce the risks to the UK.
The Lib Dem approach is to retain our existing deterrent but to scale it down and to stop the regular 24 hour patrols which are undertaken. Despite the continuing threats we face, the Cold War is over and we need a more sophisticated approach to our defence than simply upgrading the weapons which could destroy us all.
We need to keep up our guard but also continue to work with other countries to stabilise and develop our global community and minimise the risks through cooperation, not endless aggression.
For more on the Lib Dem approach to reducing nuclear tensions, visit the national website.