Yesterday’s cancellation of the signing ceremony for the official start of the building of the mammoth Hinkley Point nuclear reactor is astonishing to say the least. Despite years of planning and negotiations between EDF (the pride of the French government), a Chinese multinational (supplying part of the investment) and the UK government, a great preliminary fanfare had already been made of the ceremony at which senior ministers of all three countries would have been attending and signing.
And suddenly it’s all off until the autumn while the government consider the matter again! Is this because the government now have technical doubts about the design of the reactor? It could be. Or is it because it’s a slap in the face of the French who’ve been altogether too jubilant recently about what a hard time some of their civil servants are going to give us when Brexit negotiations start?