Nuclear store: The fight is not over vows Cumbrian MP
Last updated at 09:08, Thursday, 31 January 2013
MP Jamie Reed still believes the geology of Copeland should be investigated and has started work to explore the options.
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Due to the increasing number of personal attack posts this thread has been closed.Ian
Absolutely disgusted with Jamie Reed and others. We don't like the democratic decision that was taken so let's spit the dummy out and demand we get our own way , even if we have to change the law to do it. All this talk of a 'clear mandate from the people of West Cumbria -what a pile of rubbish. Economies rise and fall and change all the time - if these people had any sense they would be looking to diversify the economy of west Cumbria instead of letting the area be held hostage by the nuclear lobby. This county supplies half the UK with water - why is it ok to take even the slightest risk with that! Plutonium is one of the most toxic substances on the planet - it just takes one mistake, one tiny little leak in this absolutely UNPROVEN method of storage and there you go, environmental disaster which CANNOT be undone or diversified. And make no mistake -there ARE NO EXISTING HIGH LEVEL WASTE GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORIES IN OPERATION ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET. There are low and intermediate level ones - talk to the Germans about theirs and you will find that they are leaking like a sieve!
So Jamie Reed - give it a rest and let's look for the best solution instead of taking advantage of a deprived community to force through the easiest! The people of Cumbria have spoken -accept their decision.
Democracy has already spoken. If it's not spoken clearly enough then how about letting it speak again, but louder; through a referendum? And not 'in a decade' after the land has been raped and so many tens of millions of public money has been spent that there can be no going back, as Councillor Woodburn suggests. If politicians on the West Coast can not respect the democracy which has played out fairly and squarely, and honour the will of the majority of the people, then we could settle this right now... Why fear a referendum right now? Woodburn, Reed and Smith claim the people of the West Coast have not been listened to. We HAVE been listened to, in our thousands; by our County Council! Who have shown incredible courage, prudence, dedication to research and thorough committment to democracy, whilst bearing massive pressures from government, the nuclear industry and the people themselves. It is the local Councils of Allerdale and Copeland that are NOT listening to the majority, but instead continue to fundamentally misrepresent us! I would ask Councillor Woodburn to please supply the evidence for her and Jamie Reed's claim that there is a mandate to proceed from the people of the West Coast, for this claim is at odds with the facts. The hard evidence I see continues to be from www.CALC.co.uk which clearly shows more than 50% of parishes on the West Coast are against proceeding. The referendum in Ennerdale revealed 95% of residents were against proceeding. Thousands of letters, emails and signatures on petitions were sent to the councils and hundreds demonstrated in the streets to let it be known they were against proceeding. Woodburn, Reed, Smith YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO US. But this ignorance will not alter our steadfast refusal to continue in this process!