It really doesn't come as any surprise to learn that, whilst Gordon Brown's government were claiming to be having an honest and open conversation about the future of nuclear power with the British public, secret deals had already been done in Whitehall which would pave the way for a new fleet of reactors.
At the weekend, the Independent on Sunday revealed that, whilst the first nuclear consultation (which was slammed by the High Court for being flawed, misleading and inadequate) was underway, Brown's energy adviser Geoffrey Norris held at least nine secret meetings at Number 10 with the bosses of nuclear energy companies such as EDF, Eon and BNFL.
In a desperate attempt to keep this under wraps, the government at first tried to block details of the meetings from being released under the Freedom of Information Act. But it turns out that no official records were kept of the discussions with the companies, which stand to profit from Brown's announcement last week, and no one seems to recall the details of what was discussed.
A little suspect, I'm sure you'll agree - and rather worrying that certain advisers can operate outside the rules of government accountability. But then again, to embrace nuclear power as a solution to climate change and energy security is outside the realms of reality and common sense.
When you consider that government support for new nuclear power stations is based on a sham consultation and on mantra rather than fact, it stands to reason that the heady mix of government incompetence and big nuclear business should collude to contrive what could be the worst energy policy decision for a generation.