Don't give up fight
THE mystery surrounding the proposed positioning of the incinerator in Plymouth becomes ever more intense. We are being encouraged to think that this is a done deal. How convenient for the privileged few who are to prosper from this wicked plan that the general population should become wearily resigned to the idea and grudgingly accept that it must go ahead.
Yet every scrap of common sense is telling us, the common people, that it must not.
If all the waste of South Devon has to be burned at one site then the very last choice for that site would be in the midst of the most densely populated area available, alongside stores of nuclear waste. (Although one can well understand why the incinerator's proponents would wish this project, of such damaging potential, be protected from protest by high walls and locked gates, this can not be accepted as an excuse for putting it in the dockyard).
Yet at a meeting of just a few of Plymouth's councillors, voted into office by a minority of the electorate, a meeting from which the public were excluded, the decision to put this huge incinerator in the middle of our city, was waved through.
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How could this happen? Was Plymouth to be compensated handsomely for this blight on the city's future? Not at all, we are told that any energy derived from this incineration will be used by the Royal Navy, not so much as a 40 watt bulb's worth for the citizens who will be paying for this monster, in every way.
Financially, we are told, the incinerator will cost us £140 million to build. Why? Surely the building cost should be borne by the people who will prosper from it, not those who will suffer from it. MVV, the Royal Navy, and the population of South Devon, who intend to solve their waste problems at Plymouth's expense, are the beneficiaries. Let them pay for it.
We are being told it would cost £400million to break the contract, but if it is costing us £140 million to go ahead, quoting that £400 million is deceptive. It would cost us, even by suspect quote, £260 million. Why is the larger figure being bandied about?
If breaking the contract is so unattractive, then don't break it. There are other methods of proving the building of this incinerator impractical and or unlawful. It has been imposed upon us by a flouting of both democratic rule and the human right to health and safety. And now we have another tilt at democracy, from Labour this time, the report on the unstoppable incinerator is to be kept secret.
No government, national or local, can govern against the will of the people -when the people are unbowed by political mismanagement and make their wishes crystal clear. Remember the poll tax?