The event commemorated the dreadful nuclear accident at the Daiichi nuclear reactors in Fukushima exactly three years ago. It was attended by Molly Scott Cato, prospective member of the European parliament for the Green Party, Steven Parry-Hearn, the Labour party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean and James Greenwood, who is the Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean but who was speaking as a member of STAND. You can see a film with those speakers at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/fukushima-lydney2014/
STAND is a non-political, non-violent pressure group dedicated to stopping the building of a new nuclear power station at Oldbury. You can see more at: http://www.nuclearsevernside.co.uk/
Update!Dennis and colleagues have campaigned tirelessly for years on behalf of Nuclear Test Veterans and their families. Dennis in particular has been unrelenting in his letter writing and research. Now at last some good news which should have implications for all those campaigning against the dangers of low level radiation.
Here is a short excerpt from Dennis’s report on a court victory that may overturn the 2012 supreme court verdict.
“The atomic veterans group litigation of over 1000 veterans and widows, led by Rosenblatt Solicitors of London, was blocked in 2012 by a controversial Supreme Court ruling which stated nuclear veterans and widows claims for compensation had little chance of success. This class action is a moral and ethical struggle by nuclear veterans and families against the Ministry of Defence. The MoD have concealed and withheld 1950’s and 60’s radiation levels underpinning the main causal link to the veterans legacy ill health, premature deaths and genetic damage passed to their children.
Damage to health from fall-out at nuclear test locations of alpha and beta particles was dismissed by government lawyers at the Supreme Court in 2012 as being just low dose, low level radiation and therefore of no consequence. However, the Upper Tribunal of the Administrative Appeals Chamber, in a damning indictment by Mr Justice Charles over the decision of the Stubbs Ionising Radiation Appeal Tribunal of 2013 not to grant war pensions to nuclear veterans and their widows, has ruled the Stubbs tribunal had “misapplied the law”.
On fall-out , the prime causal link to ill health in nuclear veterans, Mr Justice Charles confirms the source of causation is because of the very long half-life of fall out radiation, particularly alpha particles, and the ‘undisputed evidence’ concerning how this type of radioactive contamination might enter the veterans by eating, drinking, swimming in contaminated water, and by inhaling this type of radiation.
The view of nuclear veterans is that during the cold war the Ministry of Defence ridiculed any evidence of causation of ill effects from exposure to radiation. When the men began to die in their 30’s and 40’s and their children were found to have genetic damage, the MoD began to vehemently deny any possible evidence connecting radiation. Now, as a result of the latest court victory and judicial advances in the understanding of the science of causation, the truth of the MoD’s betrayal of loyal servicemen and their families is now self –evident.”