In the modern world of terrorist organisations, cyber attacks and destabilised regions around the world, the renewal of Trident is simply a very expensive vanity project.
The prime minister went out of his way to humiliate Nick Clegg this morning with a robust defence of Britain's nuclear capability which left the Trident review looking redundant even as a face-saving exercise.
Ignore the chest-thumping patriots and the muddle-headed pacifists - there's a middle way on Trident renewal.
Once we make Scotland independent we can get rid of nuclear weapons.
Maybe they can compromise on "alternative review"? Here's why the coalition's Trident review anomaly won't help the Lib Dems.
The coalition has endured a day of bickering and confusion over its position on Britain's nuclear deterrent, after Nick Clegg warned ministers were "jumping the gun" over Trident.
The coalition split over the future of Britain's nuclear deterrent has been reopened by a new £1 billion Ministry of Defence (MoD) commitment to powering the UK's nuclear submarines.
There is a real paradox in investing at least £25 billion in Trident when the rationale for it melted away two decades ago.
Britain's international status would be improved if it scrapped its nuclear deterrent, according to a liberal thinktank.