If further proof was needed of the unhealthy relationship between the Government and the nuclear industry then it can be found here in the release of a tranche of documents from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that show they are working hand in glove to thwart our legal challenge to the decision to build a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that on a number of different occasions, the government discussed our legal case. On the 7th of September the government went so far as to hand over the papers we had lodged with the courts to the Nuclear Industry Association, a body that represents the interests of over 100 nuclear operators, including EDF.
The sharing of this information breaks legal protocols and shows that there is an unhealthily close relationship between the government and the nuclear industry. More fundamentally, if the first port of call for the government is the nuclear industry, what happens to democratic accountability?