UK government sells Aldermaston nuclear weapons factory

The British government has sold the Aldermaston nuclear weapons factory:

The government has sold its last remaining shares in the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire to an American company.

The move means Britain no longer has any stake in the production of its Trident nuclear warheads. Opposition MPs have criticised the sale, but the Ministry of Defence said Britain’s “sovereign interests” had been protected. The fee paid by California-based Jacobs Engineering has not been disclosed.

This is a bloody stupid decision. Given that manufacture of atom bombs is quite obviously a strategic sovereign interest, and that the factory’s only customer is the UK government, there is absolutely no merit in selling Aldermaston.

I do sometimes wonder if the government isn’t just taking the piss, making more and more absurd decisions as a joke to see what they can get away with. This and their recent decision to allow bailiffs to smash people’s doors down and beat up the occupants are obvious examples of the above.

(via FP passport)

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