They Always Get Honest Once They Retire

Remorse?

A former head of MI5 today describes the response to the September 11 2001 attacks on the US as a “huge overreaction” and says the invasion of Iraq influenced young men in Britain who turned to terrorism.

But This Will Take A Long Time

It will take over a century and cost £850m, now the public is being asked what it thinks of clean-up plans for Anglesey’s nuclear plant. The Wylfa power station is due to halt electricity production in 2010, after nearly 40 years in operation. It has taken three years for specialists to pull together detailed plans for decommissioning the site. Those proposals are being put out for public consultation, starting with an open day at Wylfa on Friday.

As well as considering how to handle radioactive waste at the site, the environmental study being considered also looks at the cultural and archaeological impacts of decommissioning the station. “When Wylfa stops generating there will be period of four to five years when there will be very little difference in the visual impact of Wylfa on the skyline,” explained Ms Milburn. “When we get to about 2015, we will begin to see the skyline changing. The smaller building will disappear over a period of 10 years.” But the large reactor building that dominates the station’s site will remain in place for another hundred years, before the “final site clearance” stage is reached.

The report puts forward plans to build a new storage building on the site to hold the remaining intermediate radioactive waste, which will include plant structures that have been contaminated during the stations operating life.

So one plan is to sneakily turn it into a dump, nice. And a hundred years from now…I mean we’re guaranteed there will be the will and funding to dismantle the reactor, aren’t we? Yeah, I’m sure nothing could go wrong like a global financial crash, nah we’ll be all sensible and futuristic then and there’s no chance it will just sit there for ever. Too cheap to meter…

That Didn’t Take Long

Anglesey privatised its school meals this year and the new corporation running the service began serving kids food in September. Ok, so when it was announced-

Changes to the £1.5m Anglesey school meals contract have prompted complaints from kitchen staff and local suppliers. They fear jobs will be lost if the new contractors do not use local produce.

New contractor Eden food service said in a statement: “It is our priority to support local suppliers in Anglesey and thereafter support local producers throughout Wales.

And now just a few weeks since beginning-

PUPILS on Anglesey are being served up foreign meat by private contractors brought in to provide the school dinner service, the Daily Post can reveal. At least 11 headteachers on the island have contacted the local authority to protest that cooks are being supplied with continental beef and lamb – while Welsh farmers are ignored.

Anglesey education boss Cllr Eurfryn Davies yesterday declared it unacceptable and promised a full investigation. At the centre of the row is Berkshire-based Eden Food-service, which has just been given a three-year deal to supply Anglesey’s schools having promised to supply “fresh and local ingredients”.

So their commitment which served to quell some of the objections to the privatisation is um, a bit on the fibby side. Now the coverage is a bit ‘foreign meat’-y (which as an unnationalistic vegetarian doesn’t float my boat) they don’t get into the concept of food miles or the larger issues of privatisation and the profit motive dictating all aspects of life but you can’t have everything and maybe this will be a lesson (geddit?) to some. And privatisation will be an issue come the elections.

Bankers

(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Saturday it was investigating whether its chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn abused his power in an affair with a subordinate who has since left the global institution. The subordinate, Piroska Nagy, a former senior economist at the IMF’s Africa division, was not given preferential treatment before leaving the IMF in August, her lawyer said. The investigation of the IMF managing director comes as several countries turn to the fund for financing to help ease the effects of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression and politicians consider its role in preventing future crises.

Ps. And his mates-

Financial workers at Wall Street’s top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn (£40bn), a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year – despite plunging the global financial system into its worst crisis since the 1929 stock market crash, the Guardian has learned