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Date: 2008-01-10 23:06
Subject: schadenfreude corner
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So, it turns out that in the campaign to be elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Peter Hain, the Work And Pensions Secretary, forgot to declare £130,000 in donations and has been bitch-slapped by the Electoral Commission for it, with more slapping possibly to come. He's believed to have raised around £200,000 for his campaign. And much good it did him. He didn't win. Harriett Harman - who herself is not out of the woods yet - only raised about £90,000.
And I note an article from The Times, which I missed when it originally came out in December, telling us that Labour received a £180,000 grant from public funds to train staff about the new donations laws. So, that was money well spent, then.
I'm not even sure why I'm bothering being annoyed any more. These people have the morals of a junkyard dog and expecting anything else from them is like standing in the Arrivals hall at Heathrow and waiting for Elvis to arrive for his first UK tour.
Now these youthful anti-nuclear demonstrators, these student marchers for CND, are about to usher in a new age of nuclear power in this country. Bless `em.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-10 23:32 (UTC)
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Keyword:morgan brighteyes
"Now these youthful anti-nuclear demonstrators, these student marchers for CND, are about to usher in a new age of nuclear power in this country."

Problem is, in the short term, they're almost certainly right: it's the least bad option. Right now, the worst nuclear accident you could think of is still whole orders of magnitude less worrisome than the consequences of continuing to get the same amount of energy from oil/coal.

Even better, you cry, would be wind/wave/sun/hydro power! Couldn't agree with you more, but nuclear is the quick fix until those others can be properly implemented. I never thought I'd be advocating nuclear fission as a large-scale energy source, but then I never thought the developed world (me included) would be so stupid as to let the crisis get this imminent.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-10 23:54 (UTC)
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This is the truly scary thing for someone like me, who was brought up believing that nuclear=evil, and who still believes it: that it's the lesser of two evils. It's hard for me to accept that there's a greater evil.
Unlike you, I'm not entirely surprised we let ourselves get in this mess.
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User: calcinations
Date: 2008-01-11 16:59 (UTC)
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Glad to see you coming round to my way of thinking ;)
I think we can assume the Brown bounce is gone?

As for these alleged youthful anti-nuclear demonstrators, I have it on the authority of someone who was actually involved in labour politics in the 70's/ 80's that blair, brown and Straw were righties anyway. I say they were more like opportunists, but I'm not going to argue the difference.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 22:14 (UTC)
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Hmm. You know my first instinct about these things is to try and be even-handed, but I've been ever so disappointed with these people and Gordon just hasn't stepped up to the job. This donor business has really annoyed me, as well.
Today someone told me something I hadn't realised - or at least hadn't thought about. Power generation in this country is in private hands, so the government has no say about building nuclear power stations. What they've done is relax a number of controls so things like planning permission can be nodded through.;
I'll put that another way. Nuclear power generation in this country is in private hands. Like the railways and those companies that keep losing CDs with millions of names and addresses on them. And the government has decided to let them build more power stations.

I had no illusions about them being right-wing. You only had to watch David Blunkett in action when he was Home Secretary to know what we'd elected. I always said that if Tony Blair wanted to stand in my constituency back in North-East Derbyshire he'd have to stand as a Conservative, because nobody would recognise him as a Labour politician.
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