Captain Mainwaring style stonewalling silence on Trident makes no sense

Trident: Test Firing Next - 23 January 2017

Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) (Lab): Does not the Secretary of State’s characteristic “Name, rank and serial number—don’t tell him, Pike” approach actually make no sense at all given that, following the reports we have had, our American counterparts in Congress will certainly be given full details of what happened in the test? Does not his stonewalling do nothing to strengthen our security and everything to undermine the credibility of this House?

Sir Michael Fallon: This is our deterrent carried by our submarine. The secrecy that we—I think rightly—put around it is in our national interest.