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Misdirected energy

Foreword

Energy policy is a good test of governments. Except they mainly fail it. These are big decisions on how to issue public licences and how to allocate what often is public money, in pursuit of cheap, reliable energy that also meets environmental goals. They do not come with great ideological baggage, in the sense of party political attachments one way or the other. Yet this Conservative government, and the coalition and Labour governments before it, have made a mess of things. The mistaken proposal to build Hinkley Point C, as Simon Taylor writes on p26 and as I comment on p30, is the culmination of years of mistaken impulses and unresolved contradictions in policy.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Simon Taylor and Bronwen Maddox on why Hinkley Point C is an expensive gamble that might not pay off. Philip Collins examines Iain Duncan Smith’s tenure as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Lionel Shriver reveals why she stopped fighting being female. Alan Rusbridger responds to last month’s piece on the Guardian by Stephen Glover. Also in this issue: Nicholas Soames says there’s no such thing as "Project Fear” and Howard Davies reviews Melvyn King’s new book and suggests that we are vulnerable to another financial crisis. Plus Ruth Dudley Edwards examines the fading myths of the Easter Rising and Owen Hatherley suggests it’s time to look for a Plan B to solve London’s housing issues.
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