Friday, December 19, 2008

US company now controls UK nuclear deterrent

From ChickYog:

In a stealth decision the government's state-owned nuclear body, BNFL, has sold its remaining shares in the ownership of UK Atomic Weapons Establishment- the private company responsible for developing and maintaining the UK's absurdly titled "independent" nuclear deterrent.

Let's just go over that one more time, in case anyone missed the implications there: We have some of the most advanced nuclear weapons on the planet, ostensibly under the direction of the MOD, in reality in the hands of a private corporation that is itself now owned and run by two foreign, private companies and one British one.

Some of us might wish that the lessons of privatisation had been learned by successive UK governments. Apparently in vain.

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