When trouble looms; when the Nation is under threat it is time to call on him who alone seems capable of facing problems head on; a man whose first inclination is to say, 'why not' instead of 'no'. Yes; it's time to call up Superman, Sir Richard Branson, to solve the Country's energy crisis.
With French firm, EDF, holding the Country to ransom over the prices it will charge after building two reactors in Somerset and Japanese giant, Hitachi, showing lack of commitment, is it not time to reinvigorate the British nuclear industry; regain our dominant position in a sector where we excelled before the green lobby took over. In the sixties, Britain was at the forefront of research into nuclear energy, the laboratories at, amongst others, Harwell being world leaders. Since then, the pathetic green liberal lobby has seen our investment in the industry decimated with scientists and their expertise leaving to more favourable and far thinking Countries.
With the prospect of natural gas supplies running out at home and replacement stocks only being available from Countries, not our allies, there is a real chance that the lights will go out in the not too distant future. There is not a moment to lose. Britain must be self sufficient in energy and more; it needs the ability to build and maintain its own power stations. Cue; Sir Richard.
Sir Richard Branson has a proven record of going into industries with a new approach and prevailing. The Government should at least ask him to consider building up a new nuclear industry, perhaps based on new Thorium rather than Uranium based technology with a view to eventually becoming world leaders in the field. Rather than going cap in hand to the French or Japanese, perhaps it will be to Britain the Countries will look for the next generation of reactors and to British scientists for the fresh inspiration to push back the boundaries of research.