We have a late applicant for the prize of Most Pointless Legal Advice Ever Issued in the form of this news story from the Guardian today. The campaigning group Peace Rights have told the government, in no uncertain terms, that the use of a Trident nuclear missile, or its successor, would breach international law.
Hold that front page!
In news that certainly came as a shock to me, it appears that:
“A Trident warhead would be inherently indiscriminate. . . In light of the blast, heat and radioactive effects of a detonation of a Trident warhead, it is impossible to envisage how the intransgressible requirement of the principle of disctinction between combatants and non-combatants or the requirement of proportionality could be met.”
Truly, you learn something every day.
So glad to know that some of our finest minds are getting together to reach such conclusions. I never would have guessed that nuclear warheads make, shall we say, a bit of a mess.
We’ve been a nuclear power for over half a century and have never even come close to using one. In the event that we did it would be in retaliation to another nuclear device being used against us and, sorry lawyers, in such an eventuality, there would be no law, international or otherwise, to adhere to.
Now can you go and get on with something useful. Please?