One of my favourite ways of referring to both Politicians and managers is that they work it out as they go along.
Yet a little brush with reality, or the realisation that what they want to do will get them in to a lot of trouble, might well get them worrying about getting the sack, or loosing a lot of votes for doing so.
Though many a manager or politician are so shielded from the real world, or do not socialise outside of their own class or social milieu, that they no idea about the social, economic, or environmental damage which they might do.
That’s why a lot of political campaigning comes down to showing just what will happen if various policies are enacted.
Thus a lot of anti-nukiller power campaigning comes down to researching about, and warning individuals what might happen if such various whizzo projects comes in to being.
Such a project is the proposed new coal mine plan for Cumbria
That’s why I think that all such proposals should have a check list of environmental problems which come with them as a matter of form.
Much in the same way what packets of chalk should carry a warning that criminal damage charges may result if they are used on pavements or walls.
Giving out the warnings.
Yet all this research and protesting will not be enough without being able to finance all the travel which is involved in this campaigning work, and the protests which go with it.
Or are there enough people who can undertake all the leafleting which needs to be done in order to get the message out to people.
Which comes down to a problem which faces us all the time.
Unlike in Belgium, France, Germany, or the Netherlands,
we just don’t have the thousands, never mind the hundreds of people who will come out to demonstrate.
We tend to think that an event is very well attended if 12 to 20 people turn up to it.
Though the experience of solo leafleting, or maybe as a group of 2, 3, 4, 5, or six activists on a leafleting session or picket is very much the norm.
That’s why we need to develop more co-ordinated local protests or leafleting sessions about the nukiller waste trains which go through the UK.
As a part of this we have established Working Alliance.
Yet we still come down to one major problem, and that is the high cost of getting to so any of the many different nukiller plants which are scattered throughout Cumbria & the NW.
This July there will be another leafleting session at the DRS nukiller waste trains depot in Carlisle, while in October there will be a couple of events to mark 60 years since the Windscale fire in .
That’s aside from all the ongoing work which needs to be done in order to raise public awareness about Capenhurst, Drigg, & Springfields.
Thus this appeal.