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  1. Anne Harrington July 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM #

    Relevant as ever since the debate about whether or not to replace the Trident is ongoing:

    Unfortunately, getting rid of the the Trident would mean losing one of the greatest artifacts of the Cold War: The Letter of Last Resort. Apparently there is a play by David Greig of the same name ( It’s about the moment a new Prime Minister is asked to sign the letter.

    “Are you saying that in the end it all rests on what I write on this piece paper now –

    Yes, Madam.

    To write ‘retaliate’ is monstrous and irrational. To write ‘don’t retaliate’ renders the whole nuclear project valueless.

    Yes, Madam.”

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