SAGE is starting to monitor the sayings and posturings and good things too - albeit perhaps accidental - which local MPs and Councillors say about the envronment and the dominent Sizewell issue.
Amongst their ranks, Therese Coffey is nothing if not diligent, but not always easy to understand beyond the sound bite stage.
So, what did Anglian readers make of, "I replied to EDF's Stage 2 consultation...The construction of the new nuclear power plant is extremely important for the UK's future energy supply and will benefit the local economy here in Suffolk with the creation of thousands of jobs."
So far, contestable but comprehensible.
Then, "That said, Sizewell C will create significant disruption to local communities and the transport network, especially during the construction phase. It is essential that the impacts are mitigated as much as is possible."
Sounds fine too, but what exactly does it mean ? If you can't mitigate nature, Minsmere, tourism impact, social impact to a "significant" level, and EDF can't afford those traffic mitigations which could work (total A12 uprating, D2 new road, flyover at Yoxford, notwithstanding many, many other considerations), well shouldn't she conclude that it is simply not suitable?
Or is the true position in those final weasel words? They are "As much as possible".
We think that means exactly what it says: Coffey truth is Sizewell at all costs....and she is a government junior minister so this is not just constituency blah. (Anglian Feb.17).