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Well done Rob - great story which reveals just how heavily public opinion can be manipulated and manufactured by the government.

Andy Myles

As both a Liberal Democrat and an environmentalist I am firmly of the opinion that Chris Huhne should resign immediately. Either the civil servants in his Department were following his instructions (in which case he has totally trashed his own party's view of nuclear power - not to mention its belief in the open society), or senior civil servants in a department of the UK Government behaved in this manner, knowingly against the wishes of the Minister responsible (who you could only assume had totally lost control of his Department). Either way, this deliberate and (sadly) very effective attempt to "calm" the reporting of the true story of Fukushima is a terrible betrayal of liberal values. In my view it is not acceptable that a Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister presides over Department deeply involved in a blatant conspiracy designed to manipulate the truth in order to protect corporate interests. I think that Liberals are still supposed to believe in a serious doctrine of Ministerial responsibility.

Fred Dawson

I wish to add that Dr Weightman assurances only relate to civil reactors and they do not extend to Defence reactors and facilities such as the Vulcan reactor at Dounreay or the submarine reactors and supporting facilities at Devonport, Faslane etc

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