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Critique No 1 of BBC documentary Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station

One cynical but reliable rule of thumb when reporting official statements is that the more often a fact is emphasised, the less likely it is to be true. The first time we were told on Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear
Power Station (BBC2) that the new Hinkley Point C reactor will be able to withstand the impact of a plane crash, I was mildly reassured.

After the third or fourth repetition, I was quite uneasy. And when the last 15 minutes of the opening episode in this two-parter were devoted to explaining exactly how marvellously plane-proof the design is, panic was setting in. For all the talk of double-skinned, nuclear-grade concrete and X-rayed metal seals, it was pretty obvious that one misplaced Airbus is all it takes, and Goodbye Somerset.

Daily Mail 3rd June 2021

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9646481/CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS-truth-UK-nuclear-power-goes-wrong-goodbye-us.html

June 5, 2021 - Posted by | media, UK

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