Perkins & Deterrence
Perkins - I've been looking for you everywhere!
Well, it seems that there was nearly a government decision by the Callaghan government to scrap the nuclear deterrent.
Well, whose was it then?
But they say it could have been done far more cheaply and safely!
'Cheaply and safely?' But nothing else would have stopped the Soviets except the thought that they'd have been nuked back to the Stone Age if they'd attacked the west. Did the Labour Party actually WANT the Soviets to invade then?
Well, a few of them did, but they never quite got their grip on the party.
What did they hope to do then if they abandoned the bomb? Appeal to the Soviets' better nature?
Well, it seems that they were going to rely on peer-pressure, Sir.
'Peer-pressure'? The only peers they had at that time were led by Mao Tse-tung and Pol Pot! I've never heard such nonsense! What a bunch of loonies!
Indeed, Sir. Perhaps that's why they were known as the "Looney Left".
The whole thing is ludicrous, Perkins.
But I hear the idea is making a comeback, Sir. Some people want to abandon deterrence in the criminal system completely.
But crime would go throught the roof, Perkins, if people thought they wouldn't get punished for their crimes!
But there are apparently quite a lot of closet non-deterrenters among the ruling elite and cognoscenti, Sir. And they have a lot more influence than their raw numbers would merit. And they are very persuasive, Sir. They are convinced that peer-pressure will do a better job. They seem to have multiple professors on their side, too.
Perkins! Have you seen that film "The Nutty Professor"? Where do you think they got the idea for that from? I never thought I'd say this, but sometimes I thank God for the free press and papers such as "The Daily Mail" that will whip up the mass hysteria of the brainless mob against these nutters.
Indeed, Sir. Would you like to read today's copy?