The Political Kipper Season

The Political Kipper Season has now arrived for the British Press.

Yes it’s Election time.

So don’t expect to read much more than what various politicians are trading as insults, one to the other, for the next four weeks.

Yet what’s the point in voting when
We Have No Say in Many of the Decisions Which Effect Our Lives?

So here are six reasons why I don’t vote, have never voted, and will never vote in any government or local government election: –

The unelected House of Lords.

– The City of London Corperation, or last rotten borough.

This is where any company which operates in the city can get to vote, and vote again.

– The unelected and overpriced monarchy.

– The Greater London Council which was aboblished in 1986.

To misquote the old saying:-
When voting changed the system, then the System was Aboblished.

– The various unaccountable multinations,
such as the banks, and mining companies.

&

– How we now have no say as to just where nukiller waste will be dumped.

To quote Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: –

‘To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue.

… To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under the pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonoured.

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.’

Yet More Worries From The Pacific

There are three news stories which have just been published in Enenews that everyone should read.

Melted fuel may have “dropped even beyond” the bottom of Fukushima plant

Dam gates ‘shifted’ in Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool — Damaged by massive piece of falling debris — Concern it could trigger drainage from pool

&

Experts: Pacific food web crashing

They show just why we should all be really worried right now.

What Scares Me

I keep saying this, and will repeat it once again: –

We have very little time left to deal with the nukiller issue.

What really alarms me is that there are so few who seem to of noticed this singular fact.

Now I could write a long essay about this, but think that it is perhaps to illustrate the point by giving these recent headlines from enenews.

Hawaii coral “the worst scientists have ever seen”

Huge radiation spike detected at Fukushima plant — Multiple records set near workers trying to stop nuclear waste flowing into ocean — Cesium up 7,500% this week

Fukushima corium found in Pacific — Flowing into ocean after hydrogen dissolves nuclear fuel — Scientist: We’ve actually seen plutonium floating on surface.

&

Sea creatures sick, dying or disappearing at alarming rate all along Pacific coast.

Meanwhile down at Dungeness which there is another danger which awaits us all.

The plant is just 3 miles away from Lydd Airport.

The word is scary and it’s getting scarier by the day.

NIMBYism v NIMBYism.

A wonderful example of Machiavellian thinking !

If the various proposals which abound about Nukiller New Build or just where Nukiller Waste might be stored illustrate anything, then it is how we need to think about these issues within an overall context.

Take for example the various proposals as to where radioactive waste from decommissioned nukiller submarines might be stored.

This displays a wonderful example of Machiavellian thinking at the MOD.

In each of the areas where they propose to dump this waste local groups cry out ‘Not Here’, and will be happy if goes to one of the other places which is on the list.

It all comes down to a form of NIMBYism v NIMBYism.

Victory! Victory!

Thus when the final decision is made – lots of local community groups will shout ‘Victory! Victory!’

That’s when the MOD will slip something else past us all.

It a tactic which the Nukiller power industry has been using for many a year.

While locals around the Capenhurst area worry about the submarine waste problem, URENCO can continue to use and transport Uranium Hexaflouride,

Yet very few people will do anything about this existing danger.

The same kind of thinking seems to be displayed by some of the local groups around Burfield, which is a nukiller weapons factory.

Ditto With New Build.

While lots of campaigning is being used to stop a new nukiller plant at Hinkley, there is less work being done to stop the working life of existing nukiller plants being extended.

In many cases this is up to another decade beyond what they were designed to do.

What strikes me is the need to make sure that we keep campaigning on new build as a part of all the other aspects of the nukiller industry.

e.g. Showing how uranium enrichment at Capenhurst is a direct cause of all the high level nukiller waste which goes through Chester & how it will effect the ongoing problems at Sellafield.

Ditto – How it relates to what’s happening and is proposed to happen at Wylfa.

What worries me is that by just focusing on Hinkley and New Build, we might well miss some of the other proposals which the nukiller industry is coming up with.

As I keep saying – Take the overview, but keep an eye on the details.

If we are going to stop all of these proposals then we need to think about a lot more joined up campaigning.

In this case it means local campaigning groups supporting all the other local campaigning groups.

Only then will it be possible for us to take on the nukiller industry and hope to win.

In Between

In between my normal round of activities, I’ve been working upon a number of projects which illustrate just what can be done in terms of Joined-Up-Campaigning.

Co-ordinated Leafleting

The first of these has been a series of co-ordinated leafleting sessions outside of the railway stations through which DRS nukiller waste trains pass through.

There have been three such co-ordinated sessions this year.

These stations have included Bridgwater, Bristol, Brixton, Carnforth, Carlisle, Chester, Gloucester, Lancaster, Warrington, & Wigan.

The great advantage of these co-ordinated leafleting sessions is that they only need a few people to cover each of these stations, but their impact is much greater in total.

In order to reach the greatest number of people who use these stations, it’s a good idea to leaflet them during the evening rush hour.

I’m hoping that there will be more of these co-ordinated leafleting sessions at many more stations within the coming year.

Joined Up Campaigning – Joined Up Thinking

One thing I’ve been working upon of late has been a response to the current set of MOD proposals as to where radioactive waste from decommissioned nukiller submarine might be stored.

The difficult part about drafting this statement was to avoid any aspect of NIMBYism, but still have something which any community group in the effected areas could put their name to.

If more such statements could be produced, then it will help to build a more campaigning networks.

For a long time now we have suffered from having too few activists, but by developing such co-ordinated campaigning, we should be able to turn this weakness in to our greatest strength

Florida Now – So What Next ?

On September 26th ENENews reported the following:- ‘Newly released data shows Florida hit with highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan.’

On November 27th the headline was:- ‘Fukushima fallout on vegetation in South Florida exceeded gov’t notification limit by over 1,000% — Nearly triple the highest level reported anywhere on West Coast.’

Some of you might recall just what I wrote last December:-

Radioactive water from Fukushima is already flowing in to the Arctic via the Bering current. This being so then it could well start to flow south via the North Atlantic current, then down past the east coast for Canada and the USA. After that it would be carried up the Gulf Stream, and thus to the coastal waters of Western Europe.

I’m now starting to think what it’s time to really monitor the levels of radiation which are reaching Europe via the Gulf stream.

Woops!

WOOOPS!

I tripped over two weeks and now have a fractured shoulder. Thus it is very difficult and extremely painful for me to use my right arm. So everything I type is one handed, which slows me down a lot. It looks like it may be another 8 weeks of the same for me.

It’s amazing just what you learn in these situations, and just how much time one can spend working out different ways to do the most ordinary tasks.

Yet my body will mend and all will be well again in the new year.

But Not so with the nukiller industry where it is always going to be a case of Woops!.

Here a few recent examples just what I mean.

Woops!

Nuclear Accident in Illinois

but then comes the follow on –

Woops!

Hexafluoride Leak Worse Than Initially Reported, Regulator Says

or to put it another way —

Woops!

It’s a wake up call for Capenhurst.

Yet that’s not been the most frightening  story of late.

Woops!

Leaked Sellafield photos reveal ‘massive radioactive release’ threat.

Woops!

Here is what the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have to say about it all.

But don’t worry about that as we are very well protected.

Woops!

The civil nukiller cops have opened a £2.5m firing range near Dounreay.

Woops!

Meanwhile – as predicted.

Fukushima radiation identified off northern California.

While over at the Fukushima plant it’s a case of —

Woops!

TEPCO states the entire decommissioning will be still ending in 30 ~ 40 years, but this is also baseless. The actual decommissioning may take over a century.

So it goes on, and on, and on, and on again and again and again..

Woops!

Woops!

Woops!

and

Woops!

I’m getting medical treatment for to fix my shoulder, but it will take a very different kind of fix to fix all the problems listed above.

In the meanwhile I’m learning just what I can and can not do with my fractured shoulder.

If only the nukiller power industry were to start to learn from their continuous mistakes.

Unite Against Unite Union Pro Nukiller Policy

The Unite Trade Union will be holding a Policy Conference in Liverpool this week.

To coincide with this Kick Nuclear will be leafleting the Unite headquarters on monday june 30th.

This in because Unite have a pro nukiller set of policies.

Here are some links which illustrate just what the Union has been saying about Trident and the nukiller power industry.

This first set of links are from the Unite Union.

Unite welcomes Hitachi nuclear deal and urges the new owner to maximise UK supply chain.

Faslane & Coulport strikes suspended as Babcock agrees to fresh pay talks

Brazen’ Babcock accused of pay ‘con’ as action starts at Clyde nuclear bases.

Unite victory at Capenhurst construction project.

Sellafield workers campaign for a future

&

Unite welcomes new government consultation on radioactive waste.

The following news stories concern the future of Trident.

Unions warn Ed Miliband scrapping Trident will cost 13,000 jobs.

Phase out don’t axe Trident, says union


Many members of Unite are opposed to these pro nukiller policies.

They should be helped with any efforts they make in order to reverse these policies.

Of Late – Part Two.

It seems like every time I think that there is time for me to sit down and do something new  — yet another set of tasks need to be worked upon.

Thus it’s always a case of multi-multi tasking all day long.

Yet looking back on the last couple of months it would seem that I’ve done rather a lot.

Here’s a few examples : –
– I was at Heysham during March,
– On the Fukushima March the following weekend.
– While last weekend I was at Capenhurst.

Plus:-
– I’ve Put out a lot of information about the danger of nukiller power.
&
– Told a lot of people about the Atlantic Cartier.

It all adds up in terms of opposing the nukiller power industry, but I still keep feeing we need to do so much more.

New Information About The Atlantic Cartier.

There is new information about what was on board the Atlantic Cartier while is was on fire in Hamburg Harbour last May.

It contained: –
– 3.8 tonnes of ammunition,
– 180 tons of explosive ethanol,
– 8.9 tons of uranium hexafloride,
&
– 11 tons of unused, fresh uranium fuel rods.

None of the news reports about the fire mentioned anything about these fuel rods, as this infomation was not made public until a couple of weeks later, and is only available now thanks to a translation of a recent news story which was published in the HAMBURG taz.

All of which raises some very important questions which do need to be addressed.

Yet Bibby Ship management refuse to discuss anything about the ACL ships which they manage.

Enough [ Not ] said I’m thinking.