The ‘Extraordinary Alliance’? 1980–1984
Towards the end of the Callaghan government and during the early months of the Conservative government which came to power in May 1979 the debate re-emerged in Britain (within fairly narrow circles) over what, if anything, should take the place of the Polaris SLBM once the system became obsolescent at the beginning of the 1990s.1 Apart from the traditional moral opposition of the nuclear disarmers,2 there were some commentators who suggested that Britain could not afford nuclear weapons as well as the projected improvements in conventional arms and that it would be better to phase out the nuclear deterrent and provide the conventional forces so badly needed by NATO.3 There were, however, many other observers who opposed this view and argued that there was a strategic purpose which ‘could only, or best’ be served by nuclear weapons.4
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