The seven-week pause over national security concerns only illustrated that when it comes to nuclear power, global politics beats local
Theresa May has taken her first major strategic decision. Hinkley C will go ahead, seven weeks after a pause instigated when the champagne to celebrate final approval was already on ice. The only change from a move that infuriated the Chinese and flummoxed the French investors appears to be a British veto on any sale of the Gallic interest during construction, and in future a new national security test for all foreign investment in critical infrastructure. All the pause really illustrates is that when it comes to nuclear, Britain is no longer a player in a world in which Russia and China vie to dominate.