Prime Minister Gordon Brown has hinted that the government may approve a new generation of nuclear power plants.
He told the Observer newspaper that taking decisions on energy sources is "a fundamental precondition of preparing Britain for the new world".
He used the interview to accuse his opponents of "opportunism", saying he would put long-term interests first.
As Dizzy points out this morning, this is hardly a surprise: as Dizzy reported in September, Brown and his cronies are something of a nuclear family.
According to this morning's Independent the energy giant EDF has gone on a public relations offensive to promote it's new reactors in conjunction with another supplier, Areva. They have launched a website with a generic design assessment called EPR Reactor, which is of course perfectly timed with the consultation upon which the Government appears to have already made up it's mind.
What's odd (given what you'd exepct the Indy line to be on things like nuclear) is that they don't mention that Gordon Brown's brother, Andrew, is the Head of Media Relations at EDF. Unbelievably good timing for a wesbite though, don't you think? The Government makes an announcement of a nuclear consultation on Friday and in the space of two days the big boys have designed and completed a new website to tell everyone all about the wonders of nuclear? They must have been whipping those Indian developers in Bangalore good this weekend.
It's worth noting as well that they also don't mention that Brown's protege, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, has a father-in-law, who just happens to be the former Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, and is now a non-executive director of the Government quango known as the Nuclear Decommissiong Authority.
If you're thinking right now "father-in-law?" and "Cooper?" the answer is yes. He is the father of the Minister of State for Housing (attending Cabinet) at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Yvette Cooper.
Can anyone say "endemic corruption"? It is entirely typical that NuLabour should make the right decision—nuclear really is the only viable option at present (provided that you are worried about CO2 emissions—but ensure that their friends and family get a big, fat slice of the taxpayer-funded pie.
What a bunch of perfidious shits we are ruled by...