High Power Film Director arrives in UK

After being severely delayed by British Border agencies despite having a Visa to visit the UK, Pradeep Indulkar arrived in the UK this week to kick off his mini-tour of the UK, we’ve set up a dedicated page on our website so you can see where there is a screening of his films in a community near you.

Here is the link:


please check it out!

What to do when your government is organising war crimes….



On Tuesday 8th September Nikki Clark & Theo Simon were cleared of aggravated trespass at St Levens dock at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, where they had disrupted illegal work on Trident Nuclear Weapons system in July last year.

Why were they cleared? because the Crown Prosecution Services case against them had more holes than a colander. Having spent a more than a year being subject to very restricitive bail conditions the two activists had prepared a case against the lawfulness of Trident and the neccessity of their actions which was all heard during the one day trial in Plymouth.

During the trial the court, media & members of the public heard about why Trident is illegal under International Humanitarrean Law, Customary International Law and under the Geneva convention which was adopted into UK domestic law in the early 2000s.

Part of the Geneva convention is the principle of distinction – any weapon or weapons system needs to be able to distinguish between combatants and non-combatants, due to the nature of the Trident weapons system there is no way that a 100 Kiloton warhead can distinguish between combatants and non-combatants (By the way just one Trident submarine is able to carry up to 48 of these individual warheads at any given time).

Both Theo & Nikki have spent a significant number of years trying to raise these issues through every democratic channel available to them, They’ve signed petitions, attended demos, written letters, written songs! They’ve even gone to their local constabulary and asked the police to investigate the crime of nuclear weapons possession.

The high court judge Lord Hoffman in the court of appeal ruling on Regina vs Jones (Monica Jones smashed up British Bombers so that they couldn’t go to Iraq to bomb civilians). Hoffman was scathing about protestors using direct action to affect change and to bring these issues into the court arena insisting that the democratic means available to ordinary people are sufficient and to leave criminal matters to the police to deal with.

So how were the concerns of the large group of people who reported Trident as a crime to the police treated? Were they taken seriously? You would hope so wouldn’t you?

Some of the reporters experiences were that the police didn’t take it very seriously and behaved far differently to when a more ordinary crime is reported, no details or statments were asked for and no crime reference number given.

Over two months later Nikki  (who was one of the reporters) still hadn’t heard back from the police. It was at this point in a situation of escalating international tensions, when she was moved to take the actions for which she has just been tried. In fact it took over a year before she got any answers from the police. Did they contact her to communicate the results of their investigation? No. She had to chase them up for a reply.

So what did they have to say? They claimed that the threshold for a state crime had not been met (whatever that means) and that we’ll have to wait until the government uses Trident to find out (retrospectively) if that use was legal.


Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. At this point we’ll be lucky to have a judiciary to try such a case. At this point, 15 million people will have been incinerated and no doubt some form of retaliatory attack will be well under way.All 8 of our Nuclear so-called power stations would likely be struggling with issues of either losing access to the grid or being targetted by retaliatory attacks themselves. So you can see the problem with waiting for a ruling on the legality of Nuclear weapons until after they’ve been used can’t you?

The Nuremburg trials were unequivocal about the duty of citizens to stop their governments or state actors engaging in war crimes:

“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience”
Judge Jackson on the Goering case in 1946.

So where next for citizens wishing to rid the country of illegal nuclear weapons?  In the one significant ruling in Scotland the Government rushed in the attorney general & scottish procurator fiscal to undermine the ruling that cleared three women of Trident Ploughshares of any wrong-doing when they threw Trident related equipment into Loch Goil

The criminal justice system in this particular so-called democracy are failing thus far to take seriously these concerns.

A campaign is about to be launched to bring private prosecutions against the secretary for defence for posessing these illegal weapons. I wonder if in this context the courts will fare any better in bringing justice to this criminally unjust state?

And just what are the mysterious thresholds for investigating a state crime that the police alluded to in their letters about Trident?

More will be revealed in the fullness for time. For now though we will celebrate that a committed anti-Trident politician has been selected with a land-slide majority to be the new leader of the labour party. At last a political climate is coming in which we can talk about the illegality of Trident and the immorality of Nuclear weapons as a whole.

(Below are some links that you can explore to learn more about these issues)





In Finland, Nuclear Energy Company is Building without Construction License. Anti-nuclear activists are demanding Fennovoima stop destroying nature

SWAN Admin:

Sounds like they’re getting some of the same dodgy processes as we got here in the UK… would be great to have a UK contingent there…

Originally posted on Better power! -Camp in Pyhäjoki, Finland in June 2015:


In Finland, Nuclear Energy Company is Building without Construction License
Anti-nuclear activists are
demanding Fennovoima stop destroying nature

Finland – unlike other EU countries – is building more nuclear power plants. This northern, sparsely inhabited country is eager to invest in an old fashioned and high risk energy source. Finnish nuclear energy company Fennovoima made an agreement with Rusatom Overseas, which is the sub-company of the Russian state corporation Rosatom (1). They agreed to build a nuclear power plant on the coast of Bothnian Bay in the municipality of Pyhäjoki. According to the agreement, Rusatom Overseas will be supplying the reactor, and construction work will be implemented by sub-companies of Rosatom. The project is lacking investors, and doesn’t have a construction license to build the power plant. Many of the stakeholders have left the project.

One of the criteria for the construction license of…

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My case against Trident in Plymouth, 19/5/15

Originally posted on Theo's Blog:

My case against Trident in Plymouth, 19/5/15


In July last year, I was arrested for blocking the gate of Devonport Docks, where the Trident nuclear weapons fleet is serviced. This was part of my long-running commitment to raise awareness about the proposed Trident renewal and to challenge it’s legality through peaceful protest. There is due to be a one or two day trial with me and my co-defendant Nikki Clarke at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 19th.

The government’s position is that I was breaking the law, by disrupting “lawful work” on the HMS Vengeance submarine. My position is that it is the government who are breaking an international treaty by upgrading Britain’s nuclear arsenal, and that work on maintaining a nuclear weapons systems is itself unlawful.

At my trial three expert witnesses will testify on international humanitarian law, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the threat that holding nuclear…

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No Nukes really is good news

Has Hinkley Point C finally collapsed under the weight of it’s own bullshit?


Short Clip from today’s citizen shutdown

Here is a weblink to a short clip from this mornings action. The protest is over all protestors went home 0 arrests! ;-)


EDF – we’ll keep coming back until you back off – you’ve had your warning!

Who are they trying to fool?

HPB_block_5 HPB_block_3 HPB_block_2 HPB_block_1HPB_block_4
Campaigners from South-west Against Nuclear, Nuclear Free Bristol & Bristol CND have today shutdown the EDF shutdown at Hinkley Point B in Somerset “We have come here today to carry out a citizen’s shutdown. It is inconceivable that Anglo-French governments think they can get away with extending the life of reactors well past their designed life-time, we have chosen April fools day for our shutdown to highlight the fact that this is no joking matter”
At this moment Hinkley’s reactor 4 is closed for work to extend it’s lifetime – thousands of workers have been brought in at a cost of £40 million to electricity consumers. Green Party M.E.P Molly Scott Cato says “The estimated costs for prolonging the life of ageing nuclear power stations are almost certainly under estimates and will escalate, particularly against a backdrop of falling renewable energy costs. We need to ramp up renewable energy capacity as quickly as possible, not throw more money at keeping these ageing dinosaurs going. To do so will leave an even bigger legacy problem with mounting nuclear waste disposal costs well beyond the next 35 years. In reality we should actually extend the waste disposal costs for the next 1,000+ years to account for the true life costs!”[1]
Said Nuclear Free Bristol campaigner Jane Baker “This is throwing good money after bad on a worn out and dangerous reactor well past its retirement date. Plant Lifetime Extensions are a fool’s game. We say the safest thing is to shut it down.” All UK reactors are ageing and engineers know that machines have the highest risk of failure at the beginning and end of their lifetime [2]
Last year EDF who operate the gas cooled nuclear reactors in the UK moved the safety limits for loss of graphite in the core.” Dorian Lucas, a nuclear specialist at energy consultancy, Inenco, said “Britain has no choice but to gamble with extending the safety limits of the country’s ageing fleet of nuclear power plants to avoid the looming spectre of 1970s-style blackouts” [3] This is despite having been warned back in 2006 by independent Expert John Large of John Large & Assoicates that extending the life of Hinkley B would be “Gambling with Public safety” [4] Professor Steve Thomas of Greenwich University qestioned the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s moving of the safety goal-posts [5]
Concerned citizen Pandora Swan of Southwest Against Nuclear asked “Since when is an uninterrupted electricity supply become more important than public safety? Besides Hinkley B is shutdown now & the lights are still on, a quick transition to energy efficiency and 100% renewables are what is needed for a supply of electricity that doesn’t compromise on public safety”
On February 13th 2015, in Belgium the Nuclear Industry regulators found thousands of cracks in critical components at two of their reactors. Two leading material scientists said that the pervasive and unexpected cracking could be related to corrosion from normal operation, with potential implications for reactors worldwide. [6]
Just in case you think we’re overstating the case – nuclear workers at plants across Sweden Belgium & France have raised concerns about privatisation of the industry & an apparent shift from zero-risk to calculated risks which they feel are unacceptable in the nuclear industry. [7] Many doing dangerous work in the industry are sub-contractors and so have no path of recourse when their health & safety is compromised by EDF.[8] Workers at EDF’s Chinon plant in France were pressured by management not to report defects when inspecting reactors on their outages.[9] These concerns ultimately resulted in EDF workers going on hunger-strike on the ninth day the local community joined them & blockaded the plant for three days. This was claimed to be a consequence of the privatisation of the industry in France. With Areva going bust & EDFs finances looking very shaky, what pressure are EDF putting on their workers at Hinkley during this outage?

Says Rowland Dye of Bristol CND “In the U.S utilities are shutting down plants despite them having received permission to extend their lives”[10] Nuclear accidents are irreversible and uninsurable, causing devastation for generations and, to land air and sea. On average there is a major nuclear accident every 10 or 20 years, Not the rare event the industry likes to claim but that’s ok because the industry are hard at work trying to persuade us that Nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl & Fukushima have no lasting consequences.”

The risks of nuclear power are not necessary when we can produce electricity sustainably. Nuclear power provides less than 15% of the UK’s electricity, and is easily replaceable by renewables.

For Live Interviews Rowland Dye 07711214168
Notes to Editors
[1] – contact Molly Scott Cato’s media office at media@mollymep.org.uk
[2] – Website dedicated to reliabbility engineering http://www.weibull.com/hotwire/issue21/hottopics21.htm
[3] – Utility Week 28th May 2014 http://www.utilityweek.co.uk/news/eti-seeks-small-scale-nuclear-reactor-proposals/1013232
[4] – John Large quoted in the Nu-clear News http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo63.pdf
[5] – Professor Steve Thomas quoted in the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/04/uk-may-need-to-gamble-with-nuclear-safety-to-avoid-blackouts
[6] – Greenpeace International http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/cracks-in-belgian-nuclear-reactors/blog/52139/
[7] – Nothing to Report A Documentary made in France but with English voice over & subtitles pt2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh7kmfi-l7s
[8] – Nothing to Report A Documentary made in France but with English voice over & subtitles pt3

[9] – Nothing to Report A Documentary made in France but with English voice over & subtitles pt4

[10] – Nothing to Report A Documentary made in France but with English voice over & subtitles pt6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3PGv5QTO-k
[11] – NWISE Nuclear Monitor http://www.wiseinternational.org/node/4050

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Today the government Ditched Democracy to Dump Nuclear Waste


Today was a dark day for democracy as an outrageously small number of MPs (just 33) fought to protect our democratic rights. As the Ayes only numbered 217 ( out of our 650 MPs) The other half of parliament either abstained or were disallowed from voting because of their pecuniary interests in this industry, WTF!!!

This piece of legislation that gained assent today violates our treaty obligations under Aarhus – the right to particpate in environmental decision-making – the NSIP process disallows legitimately held environmental concerns about Nuclear processes & wastes on the basis that our government has waved its magic wand and enusred that there is “no risk” and that it is “100% safe” And that the “independent” ONR will protect us – the reality is that the ONR only exist to protect the interests of the industry they claim to regulate!

Any GDF built by member states under the current political conditions and current technical state of knowledge will ensure because of their hubris, that the facility will violate our (present) human right to a clean & safe environment & food, as well as the rights of future generations to the same thing. These are our “inalienable” human rights – yet there we are being alienated from our rights…

We will publish the list of how MPs voted tomorrow. If your MP was one of the Ayes then please make sure & let them no that they will pay the price at the ballot box. Please see if you can raise awareness in your constituency about how your MP voted on this issue. And stay in touch with us about it.

Check out the No Geo Nuke Dumping community page on Facemuck oops sorry we meant Facebook.

Here is what Radiation Free Lakeland had to say about today’s decision.

Today the government Ditched Democracy to Dump Nuclear Waste.

NEA wants a nuclear future (but isn’t likely to see one)

A salient article from Michael Marriotte of NIRS & Jan Haveerkamp of Greenpeace International


NEA wants a nuclear future (but isn’t likely to see one).