Not such a bad idea

PLEASE may I ask your correspondent, Bridget Gubbins (Herald, January 19), what has changed since 1983?

Has she been able to overcome ‘Chernobylophobia’, i.e the fear of nuclear accidents?

Perhaps she is not expecting any response from pro-nuclear campaigners to her request for them to get in touch.

Perhaps this tactic is just to help her prove to herself that she was correct to campaign against the original proposal of a nuclear power station at Druridge Bay.

Trying to recover the missed opportunity cannot be the most effective use of campaigners’ efforts. To discover that, which the world’s customers would buy, that the working people of Northumberland are able to make and sell, would be more conducive to improving employment in our county.

For the past 40 years, the Alcan plant has been smelting and selling aluminium.

How little will Rio Tinto accept for the plant that they now intend to close?

And how much reduction in remuneration will the workers, not the trade unions, accept to keep working in the short-term?

Can your readers imagine the world’s largest community-owned and worker-managed co-partnership co-operative named Northumberland Aluminium?

Can Bridget and her campaigning colleagues not devise a scheme for anyone and everyone to become a shareholder? Would that not be influential campaigning?

Eventually, the present dirty, coal-fired power generator at Lynemouth would be replaced by a nuclear plant, owned and operated by an energy company to supply the smelter and surplus current to the National Grid.

Can Rio Tinto not be persuaded to ‘cash in’ that asset and sell the redundant smelter at the lowest possible price to the people of the county?

The Morpeth Herald is already committed to helping to keep Northumberland working.

But without income from selling products to customers from outside the county we cannot continue to generate turnover by selling only to each other.


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