i made the papers! props to them! they stuck me under one of my favourite headings, “apocalyptic fears”:
Sir: Mr Weaver (”We will need Trident one day”, Letters, 20 March) paints a vivid picture of future conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. If the predictions he cites are to be proved accurate, perhaps there is a better way to spend £25bn than on adding nuclear war to the list of calamities we may face.
ahh.. fame at last. and for anyone wondering why i don’t use such long words when writing on the internet, it’s because I was so annoyed by the twisted logic of the following letter that I felt “nyer nyer nyer-nyer nyer” wouldn’t have had the desired effect, even if it was the appropriate level of response:
Sir: The decision to replace Trident is wise and timely. I do not understand why many letter writers to The Independent growl about the cost and the prospect that millions may be vaporised. They seem to forget that some fifty years on from now global warming will create changes which will exceed biblical proportions.
I am confident that the predictions of eminent scientists will be proved right and we can expect sea levels rise to at least seven metres. The ten-year-olds of today will see it. This will turn the world upside down, and the effect it will have on the Middle East countries and the oil producers will be beyond comprehension. Fights will occur for arable land, fresh water, high ground, and there will be unimaginable migration and conflicts. This is why we need a replacement for Trident. I am inclined to think we will use it one day.
I myself am inclined to hope we will never use Trident. The realisation that there are those who can foresee it’s use and still support it’s purchase is terrifying.