No Glory in War

redwhitepoppies“Come each November over the next four years, let the red poppy and the white poppy be worn together to honour those who died, to keep our faith with them, to make of this world a place where freedom and peace can reign together.”

This is from a very moving article by Michael Morpugo who was one of the first signatories of the No Glory Open Letter. He gave a reading at the initial launch of the No Glory campaign in May 2013. Add your name to the No Glory Open Letter here…

No New Nuclear

Just letting you know about Surround Hinkley Point, Saturday 10th March beginning at 12:00 noon. I’m already committed to Green Party work in Exmouth on that day so unable to attend.

Caroline Lucas and Jonathon Porritt are just two of the speakers who will be there, plus music from Seize the Day featuring Theo Simon.  The 24 hour blockade is planned for Sunday 11th March.

Find all the information on www.stophinkley.org or www.stopnewnuclear.org.uk.  Information also on Facebook: Stop Hinkley and Seize the Day.  Please join us.  We need you!”

Germany decides to switch off nuclear

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel and Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer give a statement during a CSU meeting in the Andechs convent May 21, 2011.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday backed proposals to shut down all of the country’s 17 nuclear power plants within about a decade.

Speaking at a meeting of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Bavarian sister party to her conservatives, Merkel said a 2022 date proposed by the CSU was appropriate and that her government will eventually fix a date for Germany’s nuclear exit.

“I find that the timeframe which the CSU sees as an option is an appropriate timeframe,” she said at the event in Bavaria.

“People want to know there is a concrete end date and so we will speak of such a concrete end date,” Merkel added. Her cabinet plans to make a decision on June 6.

Merkel has reversed an earlier decision to extend the life span of Germany’s nuclear plants after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11 hit Japanese reactors, causing an environmental disaster.

She imposed a three-month moratorium on operation of the oldest seven of Germany’s nuclear plants, ordered safety checks on all reactors and asked a commission chaired by a former environment minister to make recommendations for the industry.

Nuclear power has long been unpopular in Germany and Merkel’s decision last year to extend the life of the plants was a major factor in her party losing power after 60 years in a prosperous conservative state in March.

On Saturday, only four of Germany’s plants were online, due to the moratorium and maintenance operations. Germany’s power network agency said that power supplies were secure despite the plants’ being taken off the grid.

Writing by Brian Rohan; Editing by Jon Hemming © Thomson Reuters 2011 All rights reserved

NO MORE NUCLEAR

We need to show the strength of feeling across Somerset and the whole of the United Kingdom against the EdF proposal for a massive new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. We now have nearly four and a half thousand signatures, but our goal is over ten thousand. Please spread the word, downoad petitions to collect signatures and encourage your friends to sign online. The deadline has been extended to the end of January 2011. THANK YOU.

Click here for the petition http://www.stophinkley.org/PETITION.htm