Must admit that I'm quietly pleased that with today's indication that one of the first 'next generation' of nuclear power stations is likely to be built at Wylfa, on Anglesey. I'm always uncomfortable with policy positions that accept that certain developments have to take place in the UK, but that they should be barred from Wales. I've never liked the slogan, 'Nuclear Free Wales' without supporting the principle of a 'Nuclear Free UK. It was the same with GM Crops. Although I always supported the cross party campaign's for a GM Free Wales, I used to point out that it did not lie well beside a demand that we wanted there to be thorough testing of GM crops in Britain before we would allow them to be grown in Wales. The policy position was illogical.
But back to nuclear power. Like many people, I was an opponent of nuclear power until the procrastination of the UK government in tackling future energy requirements, delivered a position where new nuclear power stations have become inevitable for energy security. Now there is no option, in my opinion. There is going to be a new generation of nuclear power stations built in Britain as quickly as the Government can arrange it.
There is a wonderful irony in the position of Ieuan Wyn Jones, Leader of Plaid Cymru and Deputy First Minister of the National Assembly on this issue. The Party likes to go around presenting itself as opposed to nuclear power. And there's Ieuan giving a new plant at Wylfa his full backing. He makes the point that he is defending the economy of the constituency he represents. He's right - even though the economy argument is rather weaker than the energy security argument. It would be OK if he was a backbencher. But he's not. He's the Leader. In my book, that makes Plaid Cymru a pro- nuclear power party, and that's what it should say on the tin.