Today the UK Government announced that it intends to go ahead and build 10 new nuclear power stations. Every effort will have been made to give the appearance that this was a carefully planned decision, taken after due consideration of all the alternatives etc. etc.. B*****ks. It was a momentous decision taken in a state of panic. And to add to the sense of headlong rush, a new quango has been established to obliterate the rights of the British people to make any meaningful objection. The reality was that we had passed the point of no return.. The Big Dipper was in free fall. We had thrown ourselves off the bridge with an elastic rope tied to our ankles. Just don't be fooled into thinking this was a 'decision'. Gordon Brown had no bl***y choice.
I became a (reluctant) supporter of new nuclear power generation about 5/6 years ago. Previously, I'd been an anti. Now, it wasn't as if I thought any of my concerns had been assuaged. Ironically, my conversion took place during a period when my main concern was reinforced. Opposition had been based primarily on there being no realistic method of radioactive waste disposal. Around that time, the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee of the National Assembly, which I chaired, entered into discussion with a Commission established by Tony Blair to look at future methods of disposal. Looking back, I can see that it was a softening up process to prepare the British people for today. The Commission came forward with no practical answer (except deep burial in 40 years time, which is no answer at all). The new big idea was to bribe some part of the country to allow a very deep hole to be dug into which to tip it - at some unspecified time in the future.
It was during the evidence taking and self briefing that I liked to prepare myself with, that realisation dawned. Was it Pythagoras who leapt out of the bath shouting 'Eureka'? Well, rather less dramatically, I concluded 'Tina'. There is no alternative. As I've watched the pathetic displacement activity involving wind turbines and barrages, I've known that 'Tina' would visit us one day soon. She arrived today. I just pray that during the wasted years of indecision, at least some effort has been made to plan for what happens next. It may well be inevitable, but I do not have to like it.