It looks like Scottish Labour MPs are having a tough time coming to terms with the new regime at Holyrood. Not content with comparing Alex Salmond to Hitler, they want Westminster to strip him of the power to block new nuclear power stations – a manifesto commitment.
The calls are being led by Scots Labour MPs with close links to Scotland’s two nuclear stations at Hunterston and Torness.
Michael Connarty, deputy chairman of the MPs’ nuclear energy group,
said: "If we have a nuclear power station at the moment and people say
they want to keep it, there’s no way the prejudice of an SNP
administration should prevent it being replaced after it is
decommissioned. We should not allow the planning rules to make us hidebound by the prejudice of the SNP."
He added: "It is not a matter of taking anything away. There should
be the same rules for everyone – those rules should be sensible."
Labour MP Anne Moffat, whose East Lothian constituency includes
Torness, added: "I don’t think it [taking back the powers] should be
ruled out and I am convinced it is on Darling’s mind. The energy supply
and the security of the supply are so fundamental that I don’t think we
can risk it in the hands of an irresponsible Executive in Scotland
under any circumstances."
John Robertson, chairman of the all-party MPs’ nuclear energy group, added: "We have to have a national strategy and Scotland should be
part of this. We need to try to get rules that are the same all over
The backlash against the SNP follows the publication of Britain’s
energy white paper last week which paved the way for a new generation
of nuclear power stations across the UK. (Scotsman)
These people apparently didn’t foresee that a devolved Scotland would not remain a one party state forever. Why should they foresee the electoral impact of forcing new nuclear power stations on Scotland?