Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Hinkley Point C - a bad deal

A somewhat provisional deal between the French electricity generator EDF (majority French government owned) a duo of Chinese-government owned companies and the UK DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) has been reached for the foreign companies to build and operate a pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

It's provisional since the European Union could nix it on illegal subsidy grounds.

The deal is basically that EDF & Co will build the nuclear power plant at a cost of £16bn and then for 35 years (after 10 years of construction) they will be able to sell as much electricity as they can generate to the British consumer for a guaranteed price of £92 per megawatt hour. (The current market price for wholesale electricity is about £50 per MW/hr.) The plant will be able to generate about 3.2 gigawatts of power so with a simple sum (35 years x 365 days x 24 hours x 3200 MW/hr x £92) we can calculate that the builders will be taking home roughly £90bn of our money. A nice return on a £16bn outlay.

The government had to guarantee a wholesale electricity price of £92 per MW/hr to tempt EDF & Co to take the deal.

Not so long ago, back in 2007, the first of a new series of British submarines was launched from Barrow-in-Furness. Called the HMS Astute, it was powered by a 2 gigawatt pressurized water reactor built by Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd in Derby. For this reactor Rolls-Royce charged the Royal Navy less than £3bn. The reactor is a sealed unit that will not be opened during the operational life of the submarine and is safe enough to have mariners living for months on end practically on top of it.

Rather than handing over our generating capacity to what effectively amounts to foreign governments, and then paying them through the nose for our electricity for decades to come, would it not have been better to ask Rolls-Royce to build a few more of these reactors and pay for them from public funds?

Ironically EDF & Co will almost certainly subcontract a lot of the nuclear engineering to Rolls-Royce anyway, and will fund  the whole operation by borrowing from British banks.

Hopefully the EU will revoke this rather bad deal and we can build our own nuclear plants.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

It's open season on blonde girls

I suppose it had to happen: first there was the Blonde Angel, a little blue-eyed blonde girl, four to six years old, initially claimed as the natural child of two of the ugliest, brown-eyed, brown-skinned Greek "Roma" (politically correct term for gypsies) you ever did see. Then she was their adopted daughter, and now who knows, seems like the paperwork is not in order and the girl has been taken away and is in the care of a charity.

Ironically, the "father" referred to the girl as like having a bomb in the house. He was right -  he's looking at twenty years for abduction.

And now another blonde girl has been found; seven years old, in Dublin, Ireland, supposedly the natural daughter of another Roma couple. The police did not believe them and the girl has been taken into protective custody. Of course we won't be seeing pictures of this little blonde girl because Ireland isn't lawless like Greece.

It seems we need a major witch-hunt. All Roma sites in Europe are going to have to be visited to see if they have got little blonde, blue-eyed girls. If they have the paperwork had better be in pristine condition otherwise there will be big trouble.

Perhaps if we do that we will find the ultimate missing little blonde girl - Madeleine McCann.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

25% of Asian men are rapists

This according to a study in the Lancet.

In fact this is the lowest level of rape found - at a site in Indonesia. The highest level was in Papua New Guinea where 4 out of 5 men self-reported as rapists. The usual victims were their girlfriends or wives although many men also reported raping stangers.

There is a compendium of the muslim rape epidemic in the UK here:

Just a thought, but perhaps these are not the kind of people we want in our country.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Quite funny

Russians blame Saudis for Syrian chemical attack

As mentioned in previous blog posts, the two powers that are very keen for the Syrian regime to fall to the rebels are: 1) Israel, because the regime supports Hezbollah which kidnaps Israeli soldiers, and 2) Saudi Arabia because the regime is Shia aligned and the rebels are Sunni.

One more or less guaranteed way to get America to join the conflict on the side of the rebels was for the regime to do something beyond the pale such as using chemical weapons. And on the 21st of August the regime did just that. They fired rockets containing sarin gas at Ghouta - a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus.

Or did they?

The Russians are now claiming that the rockets were actually launched by Saudi forces who had infiltrated through Jordan.

Between 1,000 and 2,000 people died in the gas attacks and we all saw the long rows of dead children on our TV screens. But did the regime actually do the deed? Why would they? They had nothing to gain by it - they were basically winning the conflict in that area anyway, and they really don't want the Americans coming in on the side of the rebels.

In fact, on the day, it was reported that intercepted radio conversations between the regime HQ and field units consisted of the HQ demanding to know why chemical weapons were being used. It seems they did not order it.

Of course it's all ancient history now. The Russians wrong-footed the US-Israel-Saudi axis by brokering a chemical weapon surrender deal and it looks like the Americans will not be supporting the rebels anytime soon - which is just as well, effectively it would be America supporting Al Qaeda. The rebels are generally not Syrians. They are every Sunni militant with an AK47 for hundreds of miles in all directions.

The Russian allegation that the attack was a Saudi dirty trick therefore seems plausible. Of course it is academic now. The Israel-Saudi alliance, with their tame US president, are going to have think of something new if they want to snatch Syria from the Russians.