Picture the scene inside the MoD this weekend.
As they read this headline (click to read)
The story describes the claims of a now on the run whistleblower, Able Seaman William McNeilly, who has produced an 18 page report called the Nuclear Secrets that alleges a catalogue of ‘security lapses and safety blunders’, to quote the Daily Record;
He alleges the Trident missiles the submarine carries are vulnerable to a terrorist attack that “would kill our people and destroy our land.”
The story does not make clear where the report is but provides an example of the kind of thing that will allow ISIS to unleash nuclear armageddon;
burning toilet rolls starting a fire in a missile compartment
security passes and bags going unchecked
Don’t let this make you think I am trivialising the subject because I am not, but it does show how hard it is to form any kind of opinion on the matter.
The Royal Navy’s manning problems are well known, as are a number of safety reports that have been released that would seem to show some cause for concern.
Whether this report has anything of substance or is complete nonsense, I guess none of us will ever know, but one thing is certain, there is no subject more serious.