What has Trident got to with MPs
Being an old fashioned type I can't agree with Jack Straw's suggestion that MPs will get a vote on replacing Trident - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5198708.stm
When did all this nonsense start?
Attlee and Bevin didn't even tell MPs they were building an A-Bomb let alone consult them.
Whilst we don't have a formal separation of powers in this country we do have different roles for Parliament and the Government - though some people are members of both bodies.
MPs are there to legislate and to scrutinise the executive.
The Government - as ministers of the "Crown" - are there to take non-legislative, executive decisions like do we have a new generation of strategic nuclear deterrent or do we go to war.
If MPs don't like those decisions they can always remove the Government in a confidence vote.
It isn't their job though to actually take part in Government decisions on matters of national security.
We seem to be drifting into an era of phoney "national debates" and "consultation" on key issues where what we ought to have is clear decisions that the electorate then judges at a general election.