A Non-nuclear, Non-NATO Britain: Is there an electoral pathway?

Patrick Dunleavy

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Abstract

This chapter examines why both the polarised positions of the pro-nuclear/pro-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) conventional wisdom and of the anti-nuclear/anti-NATO hard left are inadequate. It discusses the conventional wisdom and the anti-NATO left that sustained denuclearisation and uncoupling of British policy from nuclear alliances can only be envisaged as a ‘rolling programme’. The chapter explores the evidence about British voters’ complex attitudes towards alternative defence policies, showing what the potential for progress to denuclearisation may be under the mid 1987 political conditions. It then examines a number of scenarios for implementing a rolling programme of denuclearisation, with particular reference to the political conditions succeeding the next general election - or perhaps the next two elections if, as seems quite likely, the political parties prove unable to adapt quickly to minority government or coalition situations. Strategic thinking always confronts political parties with acute problems on issues such as nuclear disarmament.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative Defence Policy
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter5
Pages106-133
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781000370522
ISBN (Print)9780367684990
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021

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