I was just thinking about Tony Benn’s question to David Cameron back in November.
Tony Benn, former Labour minister
Under what circumstances, and against whom, would you be prepared to use British nuclear weapons?
“As Tony Benn well knows, the point of having nuclear weapons is to deter people and not to use them, and I’m afraid it’s just one of the many subjects where he is splendid to read but splendidly wrong.”
At the time, I thought Cameron handled Benn’s question quite successfully. However, thinking about it again, how can nuclear weapons be a deterrent if there are no circumstances in which they could be used? Surely in order to deter people there must be some circumstances in which Cameron would use them. So what are they, Cameron?