Well. In my part of the universe one of the most prominent professional bodies is the Energy Institute, some of whose work is excellent. It has just published the first results of its 'Energy Barometer', obtained by exhaustive polling of a 'college' of 850, selected to be representative of its 21,000 members. One of the questions they answered was this:
In the UK, which technologies have the greatest potential to make a cost-effective contribution to decarbonisation, without subsidies, by 2030? (select up to 4) [my underlining]And coming in at #2, with 42% of these sages voting for it, is ... Nuclear!
Nuclear? Without subsidies, by 2030? And these are 'professional' people! With jobs in the energy industry, and votes in elections, and things like that. We may be thankful they didn't make it #1 (which was of course energy efficiency, at least they got that right). Universal suffrage? It's over-rated.
ANYHOW: here's some weekend reading for you. Don't be put off by the title ('Despair Fatigue') or the leftie breast-beating of the first third. It gets round to addressing some of the serious themes we knock around in these parts - what's the reality of the UK economy; do we and can we survive on the back of the London 'financal services' industry; prospects for a genuine uprising of the disenchanted under Corbyn etc etc - all the big stuff.
"... in many ways Britain [still] resembles an imperial economy: while it does export machinery, pharmaceuticals, plastics, petrol, and a whole variety of high-quality artisanal products, in sheer material terms it takes in far, far more than it sends out. So we must ask a simple question: Why do other countries continue to send their things to Britain? How is it that the island manages to take in so much more from the rest of the world than it gives them in return?"Kinda germane to the whole Brexit thing, no? Read on. And as the frogs limber up to hurl their money at Hinkley Point ... Allez les rosbifs! - England for the Grand Slam!