‘If you want peace, be ready for war’

Eric Thompson quoted from the Romans (above) in his preamble. He went on to read from his recent autobiography, in which he gave a personal account of his career in the Royal Navy, a career which culminated in his being in charge of Britain’s nuclear submarine base in Faslane.

I arrived late to this event due to a last-minute change of venue, but enjoyed it nonetheless. It was well-attended, and the very pertinent questions at the end served to challenge Thompson’s view, namely that by having nuclear weapons, we have helped to prevent a third world war.

Madeleine Ferrar