Hello there. Hope you’re feeling well today.I have before in this blog chatted about the plan for radioactive mud from the nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point Somerset to be transported from there to a point between Cardiff Bay and Penarth .
Whilst you should look at my previous posts on the subject essentially I argued that despite apparently science stating that it would be safe. The consequences of the Science being wrong would be too great as that would pause a risk not just to the people in Cardiff Bay but also depending on the movement of the sea to the Penarth and Barry Island, where families go for a day out enjoying the seaside.
Well from Thursday French power giant EDF were about to start doing exactly that. This though has been postponed until sometime in September (see https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/now-nuclear-mud-dumping-off-penarth-is-postponed-until-september/ for a more detailed analysis on this. Worth a read. Won’t chat about it here because as regular readers will know I won’t knowingly copy another blogger’s work).
It had the apparent approval first of Alun “Chucky” Cairns. (Who let’s not forget is a Vale of Glamorgan MP though not of Barry Island I’m sure his constituents work/visit there as it’s nearby). Secondly Carwyn Jones, soon to be ex First Minister and political man fat, who represents as a constituency AM Porthcawl which is also a day trip beach area for families and might also be affected re the tide if the science is wrong. Indeed Welsh Labour as a whole seems to have treated this entire issue with an arrogant smugness which typifies the way they run Wales.
Politically these people should be dealt with through the ballot box come election time. But for now the focus needs to be on EDF. I’m sure there are organisations planning protests against the disposal and for what it’s worth they have my support. But let’s just try something else as well. Let’s punish EDF by boycotting them. Showing them that if they hurt the people living in Wales then the people can fight back using the greatest weapon against business….no business.
I have before suggested the same with regard to Virgin Media when they made all of the people in their Swansea Call Centre redundant and the pieces seem similar here. After all they appear to have not taken notice of the opinions of the people living in the area and are acting on something the consequences of which could be disastrous should the science be wrong.
Also a Welsh EDF boycott would damage them both financially and in terms of a company’s all important image. There would be alternatives to move to (not saying any of the alternatives are great companies but at time of writing none of the others are dumping nuclear mud in Cardiff Bay) so the impact on families living in Wales would be minimal.
So a simple boycott may not stop the dumping of the radioactive mud, but it would damage EDF’s consumer arm. Make them suffer for the way they might cause suffering to Wales.
Until the next time.