Well done, Nick.
Nick Clegg has called for the Trident nuclear deterrent to be scrapped, saying it is too expensive and no longer meets the UK's defence needs.
The Lib Dem leader is the most senior politician to say Trident should not be renewed when it expires in 2024.
The UK still needed a deterrent, he told the BBC, but a "like for like" replacement was out of the question.
He is right to oppose the renewal of Trident. And he is right to use the arguments he has. During the last Liberal Democrat leadership election, when Chris Huhne made this call and Nick Clegg opposed it, I wrote:
Or, to put it more politely, Britain's scrapping of Trident would have not effect on anyone. Which, come to think of it, is a good argument for scrapping it.
Traditionally, Liberals who have opposed Trident have used two arguments.
The first is that nukes are really, really awful and if only you knew how really, really awful they are you would agree with me.
It does not occur to them that their opponents may know just as much about nuclear weapons as they do.
The second is that if Britain gives up its independent nuclear weapons then it will set an example that other countries will follow because they are so impressed by our superior morality.
To which the only possible answer is "bollocks".
I also said that Lib Dem defence policy should not consist in repeating CND platitudes from 50 years ago. It should lose what I called "the faint aroma of hand-woven yoghurt".
Incidentally, after Chris Huhne had lost his first Lib Dem leadership election I pointed out that many of his policy positions in that contest were becoming party policy. The same things seems to be happening after his second defeat.