Why go on bellyaching about the freeing of the ‘Libyan bomber'?. The deed is done and it’s not going to be undone. Now we have deafening chorus of vacuous waffle and political posturing.
The state of play is: -
Everyone is against the high profile welcome.
POSTURE ONE: Half the attention-seekers are beating their chests saying, ‘ We believe in compassion more than you do'.
POSTURE TWO: The other half are beating their chests saying, ‘We are tougher on terrorists than you are.’
All pointless twaddle. The story is dead, give it a decent burial.
Save £billions Gordon
There are encouraging reports today that Gordon Brown will drop the Trident. Good start. Will THORP be next?
Britain's worst nuclear accident in recent years occurred in 2005 at its Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) at Sellafield. A subsequent investigation found that 83,000 litres of spent nuclear fuel had dissolved in 22 tons of nitric acid and leaked undetected from a fractured pipe for nine months.
Cleanup and repair kept THORP closed for almost three years. It restarted in late 2007, but is closing for an estimated seven months while the plant's internal cooling and heating coils are investigated. Waste, delay and chaos.
Now in its sixteenth year of operation, THORP has been afflicted by multiple accidents and unplanned closures--some due to worker error and some due to technical problems.
When operating normally, THORP's performance has converted only 14 percent of recovered uranium into new fuel for export. An even smaller percentage of plutonium has been reused, leaving Britain with an embarrassing stockpile of more than 100 tons of separated plutonium that it doesn't know what to do with.
The cleanup costs of Sellafield and other British nuclear facilities, currently estimated at $108 billion and growing. With THORP currently closed, it should never be reopened. Any so-called advantages of reprocessing have not yet materialized in 15 years of operation. Britain should admit its failure and abandon it.
This has been a very satisfying day of celebration for my family.
At four minutes to midnight last night, Elsie Rose Morgan Allen was born. It was a water birth after a brief two hours of labour. It is my stepdaughter Natalie's second child and my third grandchild.
All are doing wonderfully well.
Total of British Soldiers killed in Afghanistan = 207