All quiet on the westminster front

The nation’s politicians had lots to say about lots of things, including each other, as the General Election campaigns got under way this month but there was hardly a word about nuclear energy.

The need for a nuclear new build programme and how it was to be financed – one of the most important economic, industrial and social issues facing us – was actually ignored by the Conservatives, who have previously been the most supportive of the main political parties.

Not surprisingly, the anti-nuclear campaigners – those that remain that is – have had a field day. One of the more strident journals, the Ecologist, went as far as to say that the Conservative Party manifesto “signals the end of new nuclear energy“ and claimed that the nuclear industry was “in a death spiral.”

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