In return we get 6700 direct jobs and of course many more in support/service.
At a modest wage cost of, say, £25,000 per head per annum for the direct jobs we can see that more than £170 million is returned to the Scottish economy.
Alex Salmond’s promise of replacing these posts with “conventional” military ones would entail a capital outlay of about £1 billion in addition to the total annual running costs which again would be in the region of £1bn per annum.
There may be an ideological case for dispensing with Trident. There certainly is no honest financial one, which is why the SNP always refers to some nebulous “countless billions”.
The project is certainly not a “vanity one” – mutual East-West fear of nuclear conflict most likely prevented the escalation of the 20th century Cold War into a Third World War.
We may note that the present Eastern Europe situation is scarily reminiscent of that of the 1930s.
(Dr) A McCormick