one can blame the Dutch for turning against the futile deaths of their brave
soldiers in Afghanistan. They have paid the price in blood and treasure in the
same way that we, the Americans and Canadians have done.
Unlike Georgia and the Baltic Sates, the Netherlands has no covert agenda in buttering up NATO nations. If the breakdown of the Dutch coalition forces a General Election, the voters can make their voices heard. The result is likely to be more support for the anti-war sentiments of both left and right. A new coalition committed to withdrawing troops is very likely.
In numbers the withdrawal of Dutch troops will not be a severe blow to NATO. In morale it could be a mortal strike. Already NATO is divided between the nations named above who do the dying and France, Germany, Spain and Italy who do the policing.
In my constituency I continue to take a high profile in defending the interests of our troops and urging an early deal that will reduce future deaths. Not only is that the right policy, it is proving on the doorstep to be the popular policy.
is breath-taking. An outfit named ‘docmail’ has written to me about my
expenses. They have a proposal that they claim will save the Government
‘£254,286’ on postage. Maybe so.
But why write to me?
They have done an analysis of how much MPs spend on postage. In horror they asked me ‘Did you know that you have the 601st highest spend on postage of of all 635 registered MPs?’ No, I didn’t. Put another way that means that there are 600 MPs spending more than I do and 34 spending less. As with second home payments, I am bargain, good value MP.
The government is not going to save much if I sign up to ‘docmail.’ Easier and better to continue setting a good example.
Obama joins nuclear
Well, nobody’s perfect. But it’s disappointing seeing Obama being bewitched by the nuclear deceivers. He is following the UK in claiming ‘no subsidies’ to nuclear then doling out $millions in disguised hand-outs.
A writer in Time
magazine offers this explanation for why the USA has not built a nuclear
reactor in 30 years. ‘The Vogtle plant in Georgia’s original cost was estimated
at less than a $1billion for four reactors. It eventually cost $9billion for
But now there's widespread chatter about a nuclear renaissance, so the Southern Co. is finally trying to build the other two reactors at Vogtle. (see local fish caught at Vogtle!) The estimated cost: $14 billion. And you can be sure that number is way too low, because nuclear cost estimates are always way too low.’
In spite of the evidence on all sides we continue to plan on the same delusion.Would someone please notice that the only New-Nuclear plant in the world in Finland is three years late in construction and €2 billion over budget? No nuclear power station in the world has been built on time or on budget. Thatcher promised to build ten and built one.
Will the new Government’s plans suffer a similar fate?