The nuclear industry is probably the most powerful vested interest in the world, or it certainly has been. Nuclear power permeated British establishment thinking on all sides for decades: a Labour Government approved THORP and pushed nuclear power in the sixties, the 'white heat' and all that. Then there was Margaret Thatcher. You couldn't get much more of a 'white heat' junkie than Maggie. Her belief in nuclear power also went with her belief in smashing the coal miners. And there was also the pure Free Market ideology, the idea that the City was always right.