It was the late AJP Taylor who suggested that the efficient (or proximate) cause of the first world war was to be found in the the way the national railway timetables had been drawn up. Without wishing to take issue with Taylor (either for or against), it does occur to me that a certain amount of light may be thrown on the otherwise puzzling decision of Gazprom to throw the tap by taking a quick look through looking the election timetables of all the key players (in both Eastern and Western Europe). I was put in mind of this point by the following opening gambit in what is in fact a very interesting and to the point article in today’s FT:
“Russiaâ€™s row with Ukraine has triggered fresh concern over the security of Europeâ€™s energy supplies and some see nuclear power as the biggest beneficiary.”
Nuclear power, hmmmm. I hadn’t thought enough about this point when I knee-jerked my response yesterday.