So, that’s the end of the road for the search for a nuclear dump in Cumbria. A meeting of the County Council’s Scrutiny Advisory Board voted unanimously to support the Cabinet’s decision to withdraw from the MRWS process. Effectively we judged that the call-in request was without foundation.
Now, I’m a member of the bolshy backbencher squad in the council, and a member of the opposition party. My default position is always to support call-ins as a way of boosting the influence of backbenchers, and of confounding the politics and frustrating the knavish tricks of the ruling parties. However, members requesting a call-in do have to give good reason.
I was not convinced that any of the six reasons given in the call-in request was either a necessary or a sufficient reason for a call-in. The lead call-in member was surprisingly unconvincing when faced with fairly mild questioning from the Board members. So, it was soon obvious that all the other Board members shared my opinion, and that was that. MRWS is finished, and we can turn our attention to the immediate problem of cleaning up Sellafield.