Here’s what you may have missed…

28 December, 2008

the top 25 censored stories of 2008. Thank you BBC for all your interviews on BBC NEWS ffs with all the lovely people who have done Strictly Come Dancing, makes the license fee worth it. As you can see on the list it does have a significant US slant.

If I was to suggest something in a similar vein in the UK it would be the sell off of anything involving the words Britain and nuclear to the Americans. The ability of the government to get itself a bad deal and the ability of parliament to be totally ignored and be entirely happy with the situation may well be unparalleled.

OK here is an honourable exception but the thin blue line of Paul Flynn MP is not enough and Parliament has to get its act together before the government gives any more unlimited guarantees. Nuclear energy companies who don’t have to clear up their own mess would seem to me to be as great an idea as mortgage companies giving mortages to the unemployed and then passing the risk on in unidentifiable bundles.  

As for Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent Arms Control Wonk blogger Dr Jeffrey Lewis said while doing a tour of the Atomic Weapons Establishment “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Couldn’t they have found someone British?” He went on to say:

After a couple of days at the AWE , and a tour of the lovely historical collection, I accepted the reality that, no, the United Kingdom does not in any way, shape, or form have an independent nuclear deterrent. I mean no disrespect to all the people at Aldemaston who endure the nightmarish hell of living in and around Basingstoke to keep their country safe from … well, anyway.

Ummmm Trident replacement not looking quite so good value now is it.


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