British government plotted to play down Fukushima from Day Three.

Internal e-mails seen by the Guardian show how officials approached EDF, Areva and Westinghouse wanting to script a PR campaign to ensure the UK reactor-building programme was not derailed, well ahead of any clear knowledge of how bad the incident was. BIS official, name redacted: “This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally. We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear.” John Vidal in the Guardian on this “Orwellian” revelation: “What the emails shows is a weak government, captured by a powerful industry colluding to at least misinform and very probably lie to the public and the media. When the emails were sent, no one, least of all the industry and its friends in and out of government, had any idea how serious the situation at Fukushima was or might become.”