Like the legendary Chicago Tribune editor who ran the banner headline "Dewey Defeats Truman" on the day that President Harry Truman defeated his Republican challenger, I suppose I should feel pretty sheepish about the post yesterday suggesting nuclear had emerged as the government's top energy priority.
Less than 24 hours later and Danny Alexander stood up in the Commons to confirm that a crucial £80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters, a key player in the UK's nuclear supply chain, was to be axed.
And yet here's the funny thing, I still think the government is serious when it says the construction of a new fleet of nuclear reactors is a top priority - it is just that maximizing the economic boost they provide the UK is much less important.
The government will now attempt to remove many of the barriers stopping German-owned E.ON and French-controlled EDF from building new nuclear reactors. But it will not help a genuinely world-leading British firm that has the potential to cash in on the growing global demand for nuclear plant components.
New nuclear reactors will be built in the UK, it is just that they are likely to be built using imported components and expertise.
Meanwhile, loan guarantees, loans and grants for impoverished start ups such as Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford and GM are deemed affordable and have been approved.
With the exception of the €300m loan guarantee for GM Vauxhall, all of these funds are supporting low carbon projects and are to be welcomed. But it remains a funny sort of protectionism that subsidises foreign multinationals at the expense of UK businesses. Just as it is a funny sort of energy policy that supports new nuclear plants, but does not support the supply chain needed to build them.
Business Secretary Vince Cable is right: the government cannot afford to keep writing cheques for every business that is deemed to be of strategic importance.
But as China, the US and others continue to pump money into a vast array of clean tech firms it has to be asked whether the UK can afford not to find funding for those few domestic low carbon businesses that have the potential to compete on the global stage.
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