Arnie Gundersen and Dr Ian Fairlie Banned from Keswick School

“Moorside”                                                                            Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe here… ……….              A River Runs Through It
Keswick School -  A Stepford Wife to the Nuclear Industry?
Keswick School –
A Stepford Wife to the Nuclear Industry?

In looking for a venue for the forthcoming public talk on Wednesday evening we first approached Keswick School.  The school’s Queen’s Hall would have been an excellent venue and has been used previously for meetings by Cumbria Trust.

Below is the incredible response we received from the Headmaster of Keswick School, Simon Jackson.

Dear Marianne

Thank you for the email. Our letting of school premises/facilities policy states under exemptions (section 2):
* The school will not allow its premises to be let to persons or
organisations that in the Governor’s view, disturb the principles of
Community Cohesion, or bring the school into disrepute.

* Lettings will not be allowed for political meetings or for other
purposes as specified by the Headteacher or Governing Body.

In this case it would not be appropriate for the school to appear on
either one or other side of what is fundamentally a political argument. We also have to consider our own school community where many of our families rely on employment in the nuclear industry.

The same principle would apply to the nuclear lobby should they wish to use the school premises on this matter.


Simon Jackson


This excuse is hardly comparing like with like as we know that the “nuclear lobby” are so entrenched in the School that students are regularly packed off to take part in days organised by the now discredited Nuclear Management Partners.  One of the organised days was to come up with PR for new build.   The  pretend £50,000 concept budget was split between PR proposals, safety fines and the design model.  Just like real life with the emphasis on PR rather than safety.

The school it seems is well into Stepford Wife mode.

Dr Ian Fairlie wrote a letter to the press which puts it very well….

SIR – This is a copy of a letter I have sent to the headteacher of Keswick School:

Dear Mr Jackson, I was concerned to read your recent email to Ms Birkby refusing your school’s facilities for a meeting to discuss proposed new nuclear power stations in your area.

Your reason apparently is that “The school will not allow its premises to be let to persons or organisations that in the Governor’s view, disturb the principles of Community Cohesion…”

As far as I’m aware, “community cohesion” is not really a principle, certainly not a widely accepted one: it all depends on what the community cohesion is about.

For example, history abounds with examples of community cohesion for bad purposes.

A moment’s thought will reveal that your alleged cohesion in favour of nuclear power may offend against several real, widely-accepted principles, such as the Precautionary Principle, the Principle of Sustainable Development, and the principle of not passing difficult (eg nuclear waste) burdens willy-nilly on to our children and grandchildren. They certainly will not thank us for them.

The reality is that opinions on the wisdom or otherwise of nuclear power as a means of satisfying our energy requirements are quite polarised, especially in Cumbria. However several civilised, sane countries in Europe (and at least one nation in the UK) have taken reasonable decisions to reject nuclear and pursue more economic, more sustainable, more democratic and far more ethical, energy options.

In my view, it would have been more principled to host a friendly informative meeting to discuss these matters than to have banned it.


Independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment,


10 thoughts on “Arnie Gundersen and Dr Ian Fairlie Banned from Keswick School

  1. Andrew Kidd


    Free speech?

    Kids being cajoled into the Westminster line?

    ‘where many of our families rely on employment in the nuclear industry’.

    Shocking, just appalling.

    Guards at Belsen may have had the same response.

    How will such a meeting disturb the principles of  Community cohesion?

    I’d have thought that it was a great example of democracy.

    Does that mean we all have to turn the other cheek?

    Pretend Fukushima never happened?


    I hope you’ve copied the article to every single available media.

    Thanks again for your hard work.

    Kind regards,


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  2. “where many of our families rely on employment in the nuclear industry.”

    I suppose they wouldn’t let a doctor in to talk about lung cancer if “many of our families relied on employment in the tobacco industry”


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  4. The new venue is the Skiddaw Hotel? They have a lot to lose. New build and dump will kill tourism in the world famous English Lake District. Most of the land for the Lake District National Park was bought up by Beatrix Potter with monies from Peter Rabbit books and merchandise. It was given in trust to the National Trust. This was home to Wordsworth and Coleridge, the Lake District Poets. Unfortunately fitting is Coleridge’s “Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”, with the English Lakes used to cool Sellafield and any new build. It’s supposed to be a World Heritage site!

  5. JW

    I would be interested in the two speakers response to the actual situation that we have today, the new nuclear plants are just speculation, the facts re more interesting. Drilling into the sea bed off St. Bees close to the fault lines that run underneath Sellafield. NMP have done absolutely about the condition of the legacy waste, which is exactly what they were paid to do. Extending the evacuation area from 1.5 to 6 km. United Utilities will shortly complete a pipeline, with pumps, to boreholes at Egramont, The boreholes already drilled around Sellafield and the recent work done in America that looks at waste storage down boreholes. No road improvements planned – Cumbria could be shut down in less than 1 hour. Strong rumours around the lack of funding for Hinkley seems to suggest that Moorside will not happen, its what has already been done that worries me

    1. Me too – the boreholes for “Moorside” are many and deep. Three new nuclear reactors at Beckermet (lets stop calling it Sellafield – its nearer Beckermet than Sellafield!) are “speculation’ but boy are they putting a lot of taxpayer money into that “speculation” – wining and dining the movers and shakers of Cumbria….I think it suits the government fine for people to say “new build won’t happen” – or “it will be delayed” – that way they hope the plans proceed without so much as a whimper of opposition,
      “3rd March 2015

      NuGen board members host Whitehaven reception

      NuGen held its first board meeting in West Cumbria – and took the opportunity to host a reception in Whitehaven, and visit some of the area’s leading educational providers.

      Directors from NuGen, and shareholders Toshiba and GDF SUEZ, held their board meeting at Energus last week. The group toured the site, to the north and west of the Sellafield complex, and visited educational providers at the University Technical College and Energus, during their two-day visit.

      The directors, including NuGen chairman Shigenori Shiga – President & CEO, Power Systems Company, and Executive Officer, Corporate Executive Vice President, Toshiba Corporation – also hosted a dinner reception at Whitehaven’s Waterfront restaurant. More than 50 local stakeholders, including leaders from Copeland, Allerdale and Cumbria County Council, attended the dinner, alongside Copeland MP Jamie Reed, and Professor John Fyfe.

      Sandy Rupprecht, NuGen Chief Executive, said NuGen was committed to open and transparent engagement with the West Cumbrian community.

      “It is an honour for NuGen to host this stakeholder reception in Whitehaven. The dinner was a success, with open discussion on how the Moorside project could be transformational for the region.”

      NuGen’s directors have met regional leaders before – at a parliamentary reception in London and at other events – but as the Moorside project picks up momentum the company’s executive were keen to hold a full board meeting in West Cumbria.

      The reception was also an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest with civic leaders ahead of NuGen’s first-stage public consultation. NuGen plan to hold more than 20 day-long public consultation events throughout the area between May and July, where the local community can comment on NuGen’s initial proposals for the Moorside development. This will include proposals on transport, logistics, worker’s accommodation and park & ride facilities to support construction of Europe’s largest new nuclear power station.

      NuGen recently announced it had relocated its main offices from London to Manchester for a greater regional focus as it moves forward with its Moorside project.

      NuGen is planning to build three AP1000® reactors on land to the north and west of the current Sellafield complex. The Moorside project is set to deliver up to 7% of the UK’s future electricity needs, but first NuGen must complete land surveys and plan the site layout.

      A four-year development phase will also include gaining necessary licensing and regulatory permits ahead of a final investment decision expected around 2018.

      A positive decision would mean focus would shift to West Cumbria where, at peak construction, some 6,000 people would be required to help build the three Moorside reactors”.

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