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Power politics


Your energy cover story (NCE last week), with four interesting contributions, gave an excellent summary of the issues.

What jumped out at me was how short-term the government policies of the 1980s and 90s must have been. These have left us with a massive overdependence on gas just at a point when our own supplies are running out and ageing nuclear power stations are all heading for decommissioning.

Worryingly, we also have similar difficulties agreeing sensible government strategies for transport and we are not too aligned on where development is best focused either.

Given that our three main political parties all seem to be drifting into the same 'centre ground' maybe this is the time for that familiar call for a 'government of national unity'.

Not only could realistic 1050 year energy and transport policies be agreed, but we could help them sort out where to put John Prescott's houses - hopefully somewhere where they will not flood and where we can also provide them with the water they need.

Martin Haddrill, uk

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