Another Government consultation foul-up
I am a strong supporter of new nuclear build, and am convinced that the argument for nuclear power to play a part in a balanced energy policy can win an open and fair debate. That makes me all the more furious that another mismanaged government "consultation" on nuclear power has again handed the moral high ground to anti-nuclear luddites.
The Market Research Standards Board ruled that the Government's consultation on nuclear power was in breach of rules ensuring that respondents are not led towards a particular answer.
This is the second time that the nuclear power consultation has been found to be biased – in February 2007, the High Court ruled that the Government’s consultation process had been ‘manifestly inadequate’, ‘misleading’, and ‘procedurally unfair’.
Is there nobody in government with the basic competence to organise a fair consultation on energy policy without discrediting a perfectly valid argument by trying to rig things in its favour ?