Hinkley Point – The Result of the Parliamentary Recess?

Parliament is now a week into its summer recess of six weeks and will only sojourn briefly for two weeks in September. MPs will then gallivant off to the likes of Brighton, Liverpool and Birmingham for their party conferences –  a meagre and dismal affair in light of the all singing-dancing American conventions.

The Commons will therefore be sitting for a measly 10 days from now until almost the middle of October. With this in mind, isn’t the electorate being robbed of their representation in Parliament – the sovereign body of power? What about attending debates, voting on laws and raising grievances of constituents?

This recess has also caused the hiatus at Hinkley Point with a decision not being made until early autumn. The unions have raised consternation over the government’s intermission in a scheme that would deliver 7% of the UK’s electricity once built. The plant’s ribbon won’t be cut till for another nine years so a few months’ pause is negligible. Isn’t it fair enough for a new Prime Minister to read into the small print – especially given that the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been incorporated into the remit of the Department of Business?

The media have certainly eaten into this as a political storm but can this simply be attributed to the media train grinding to a halt with the summer recess? For months, the news channels have been catapulted with endless news stories of Brexit and reshuffles. Now that these feeds aren’t constantly flowing out of Westminster, has the media felt a need to pump up the politics of Hinkley Point? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going on a leftie-BBC rant – it’s a story circulating throughout all the news channels and newspapers. If we still had Brexit scaremongering flying around, would Hinkley Point have been such an imperative measure of government weakness?

So until Parliament and the media find their feet again in early Autumn, let’s not term this pause as a governmental debacle. Instead, we should be applauding Theresa May’s staunchness for scrutiny.



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