The Guardian Fails to Highlight the Continued Construction of Nuclear Submarines in Barrow throughout the ‘lockdown’

Followers of Radiation Free Lakeland will know that we have been trying to stop the continued operations of so called “essential” nuclear construction – including the ongoing build of nuclear submarines at Barrow. Of course we would do this notwithstanding COVID19. But we naively assumed that during the ‘Lockdown’ for the rest of the country that the government would make some sacrifice regarding its nuclear hubris and call at least a temporary halt to the construction of the next generation of nuclear submarines at Barrow at the massive BAE shipbuilding complex. Small businesses everywhere are going to the wall but the Government continues with its nuclear civil/military industrial complex of business as usual.

The Guardian has written a ‘hard hitting’ article about the fact that Barrow has the highest COVID19 deaths outside of London. There are no doubt many factors at play including poverty in the town despite the obscene multi £billion pound contracts to produce nuclear submarines, somehow like all massive nuclear projects the presence of nuclear installations does not lift the area out of poor health and deprivation.

This Guardian article adds insult to injury as it seems to go out of its way to protect the nuclear weapons industry and the government’s ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Modus Operandi . The Guardian’s high level omission that BAE have continued to build nuclear submarines throughout cannot be an oversight. There has been a petition for the MOD to call a halt to work at the shipyard from people in the town and repeated pleas from Radiation Free Lakeland and others to Tim Farron MP to push govnt to stop work on Trident in Barrow.

The government has not made the sacrifice of scrapping work on Trident.

For the Guardian and others to ignore this fact is a massive ‘oversight’ and insult.

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