There is something seriously wrong when the UK nuclear industry’s corruption of governance is exposed not by Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth but by a brave and principled Sellafield worker.
The national media have gone along with the myth that the Sellafield Workers Campaign represent the workforce and West Cumbria. Cumbria is being sold down the radioactive river by unparalleled nuclear corruption that extends to every facet of our society.
SIR – Recently a copy of the Sellafield Workers Campaign (SWC) Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) consultation submission was emailed to me.
While I do agree with some of the document, there are other sections that I’m not happy with.
I work at Sellafield, have done so for 30 years, and pay my union fees, so that I may be represented in pay talks, and other industrial relation issues. This is where my association with my union ends.
The SWC is a small organisation made up from shop stewards, from differing unions. I acknowledge their right to campaign on issues, but do feel that they have absolutely no right to declare that they represent 10,000 employees outside of the work environment.
I’m a member of one trade union, and am not a member of an amalgamation of three. I have not signed up to this organisation. I didn’t vote for this, nor did I agree for them to represent me, in my community.
The SWC assertion that they represent all employees is disingenuous.
I was one of the Sellafield employees who got in touch with Eddie Martin during the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) fiasco. I urged Mr Martin to say no, if there was a risk of a GDF being sunk beneath the Lake District National Park – which will soon (hopefully) become a Unesco World Heritage Site. I still maintain this stance. There has to be limits to this stupidity. To define no red line, and have an open-ended process, where the views of the public are ignored is not democratic, and is dangerous.
We are being rail-roaded into accepting a sub-standard repository, where engineering takes primacy over geology. The last few weeks in West Cumbria have taught us lessons about engineering. A storm lasting a few hours can cause untold damage. If the option of engineering, over geology is sought out, we can expect nature to bite us harder than it has ever done before.
The SWC view themselves as a ‘legitimate representative of the communities of West Cumbria’, and yet they view opposition groups, such as the Cumbria Trust quite differently. At least Cumbria Trust invite people to join their ranks, instead of making assumptions that the SWC have. They are blinkered, and blind to the views of the rest of the community.
My postman has more contact with the communities than what the SWC claim to represent – he’s more of a legitimate representative, than this group will ever be!
The SWC has controlling individuals at its core, whose reach stretches out into local/national government. They control local politicians, influencing their decision making processes through fear of losing seats, and lucrative allowances. They also take part in behind closed door meetings with council leaders. What are they discussing? Are the rest of the community happy for these unelected individuals to influence policy by lobbying?
As well as controlling local politicians, they fill many seats at Copeland Borough Council, with current, or ex Sellafield employees. They only do this for one thing. That is for total control.
There are many similarities with Copeland, when compared with Falkirk (where there was uproar over alleged union interference with election candidates). Union activities should be distinctly separate from politics. Of course, the Copeland Labour party will tell you that they select candidates, not the unions. But, the local Labour party is run by ex, and current union representatives!
For more than 20 years, Sellafield unions have filled many seats at Copeland Borough Council, and selected our MPs. We all know how these nuclear professionals have performed while sitting in office – they have killed the area, by squandering tens of millions of pounds. So, what makes them think that they can do a better job with the MRWS process? Their record has been abysmal. The sooner non-Sellafield councillors take up office, the better.
Union officials, the Copeland MP, backed by kowtowing council leaders have attempted to influence the MRWS process, to the detriment of those that do not work at Sellafield. The general public are absolutely not represented by the reckless puppet masters, who are pulling the strings of local politics. This interference must stop.
The MRWS process should be managed by scientists, and geologists who know what they are talking about, instead of having amoral bullies hijacking something that we owe future generations to get right.
The below was written in 2012 by Radiation Free Lakeland
to MP Tim Farron asking for an investigation into the corruption of governance
* Government Appointed Geologist – Licensed to Kill?*
This year DECC will spend three quarters of its budget on the NDA. Much
of this money is being spent in Cumbria on the quango MRWS. At the MRWS
‘drop in’ sessions throughout Cumbria the public are being induced by the
government appointed geologist to take another step towards geological
‘disposal.’ The language used by the government appointed geologist is
inflammatory and if ” ..I will kill them” had been uttered by a
campaigner the police would have been knocking on the campaigner’s door
the next morning.
“If anyone questions my intellectual independence I will kill them”
unprovoked outburst from Dr Jeremy Dearlove to campaigner Marianne Birkby
on 18th January at Millom.
This is not a forgivable isolated incident said in the heat of the moment.
A separate complaint has been made to MRWS. Dr Jeremy
Dearlove has also been coercing the public with reassurances that a
nuclear ‘repository’ would be so safe he would be happy to have it under
his home. Dr Dearlove is thought to live in Ennerdale.
This inducement of the public and Decision Making Bodies to take nuclear
related decisions in a certain direction is endemic in Cumbria. From Lord
Clark’s conflict of interest as LDNPA Chair and director of Sellafield to
Eric Robson’s role as Chair of Cumbria Tourism and MRWS PR guru, the
corruption of Cumbria’s decision makers is rife.
A joint report by Unlock Democracy and The Association for the
Conservation of Energy called ‘A Corruption of Governance’ has just been
presented to government about how ministers and the public have been
misled into continuing the nuclear agenda
The conclusions of the report are
1. Parliament needs to re-open the nuclear debate, and to make a
upon the correct and full evidence.
2. Members of Parliament must seek answers as to how this has happened.
3. There should be a Select Committee inquiry into this corruption of
Radiation Free Lakeland would also ask that there should be an independent
inquiry into the endemic corruption of Cumbria’s decision makers into
enabling ‘steps towards geological disposal.’
Radiation Free Lakeland
Dr Jeremy Dearlove’s statement
Lord Clark – non exec Director of Sellafield and LDNPA Partnership Chair
Corruption of Governance