Sunday Morning: A Question

I was going to our local nunnery for the Sunday service. I’m not a Catholic but fascinated by both religion and how the mass of people can be duped by politicians.

Decided it was all too late as I tpok a couple of chatty phone calls, and time slipped pleasantly away. Decided to treat myself to a breakfast somewhere, then found we have a veteran car valley on the beach promenade. It was a place to go.

I need a question to ponder. This morning the question is ‘who are the real enemies in this world”‘

We assume all sorts of terrorist groups are trying to disrupt our lives.

However I will pose the null hypothesis’

Is it the United States of America?

Your comments are welcomed.

Wonderful Life

It had been a long day – waiting. Finally our neighbour said, ‘I think we’ll go upstairs now.’ It took a moment to comprehend what the buxom woman was suggesting, until she looked straight at me, and said, ‘Perhaps you can bring us up a cup of tea?’

I immediately understood, woken from my reverie, and went to make tea.

A few minutes later I too climbed the stairs, carrying a tray with teapot, cups, milk jug and a biscuit or two, I went into the bedroom.

My wife was in bed holding a bundle on her chest. In those few moments our daughter had been born.

What a delight. She was perfect. This was not a wrinkled red prune. This baby was absolutely beautiful. I stood, gazing at mother and child with rapt wonder. We now had a bright intelligent son and this lovely addition to our family; a daughter.

I picked her up, placing her gently in the crib her mother had lovingly made. As I did so her little hand grasped my index finger, and her eyes opened, as if to say ‘hello’.

Perfection.

Kate Lockwood

Who Am I

Trevor Lockwood, aged 44Sometmes you must let others define who you are. Many years ago I had an astrologer prepare my chart. This is the main entry – me as a Piscean with the Sun in the Fifth House, with a Grand Air Chine.

It said:

Sun In Pisces in the 5th House
Will anyone every really know you, truly understand you, plumb the very depths of your soul and sincerely appreciate what is there? It’s doubtful and would prove difficult indeed because the dynamic of the Piscean personality is one of extremes, evidenced in its symbol, two fish, joined, but always to swim in opposite directions. The Piscean nature carries within it all the extremity and diversity the myriad forms its element, water, can display deep still ponds, rushing babbling brooks, slow streams, gentle rain, raging storms, ebbing and flooding tides. Its placement in the zodiac as the 12th and final sign is thought to be a composite of the journey of the human soul, blending and exhibiting characteristics of all the other signs, and usually they will manifest in their extremes as well. Who really could understand all that – even the Pisces native is often stymied by himself. In your chart, particular placements and aspects enhance and emphasize these extremes, and you probably frequently find yourself misunderstood.
You have within the kite shape of your pattern, a Grand Air Trine. This indicates highly idealistic and individualistic people with excellent mental faculties. They have incredible artistic talent, frequently expressed through some medium of communication, writing, music, film, and the ability to influence others through their ideas and their ideals. This pattern carries tremendous momentum and frequently produces geniuses, but they are also very apt to drift, and quite subject to frustration. However, you have a very forgiving chart with many opportunities to pick up the thread and start over.
You are an old soul who has gone through many lives; a reservoir containing the wisdom of each, with no lack of diverse talents and abilities. You carry within yourself the best and the worst of the human experience to draw from, so your gifts are great, and as such their use can be great, for good or ill – a staggering responsibility when you allow yourself to think about it, and on occasion you do. These gifts can be used to greatly serve others or to greatly serve yourself. Much of your life will seem to involve choosing between extremes. And through it all, there seems, not only to you, but others in your life notice it as well, there is a sense of blessedness about you, as though you are being protected by the gods.
Rarely motivated by material ambitions, you can succeed at anything you put your mind to, provided it inspires you. You are multifaceted with many talents, but your greatest gifts lie in the realm of the creative, artistic or musical. Your strengths lie in your idealism, inspiration, limitless imagination, sensitivity, and peace-making. You have a talent for independent, creative work, but can function equally well in a helping role. Mystic, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, you are a dreamer. Outwardly you might seem quiet and unobtrusive, but your inner life is rich. Though it may prove difficult to verbalize or interpret your inner experiences in a way others can understand, the world of your imagination, feelings, and intuition is as real to you as anything in the outer world.
You really have few prejudices and are not apt to objectively or subjectively judge the actions of another; you require an experiential basis for that. And even then you’re not one to pass critical judgements but are understanding and tolerant. Insatiably curious about the human experience, adventurous enough to explore it fully and with a bent toward the extreme, by this age, what you have not experienced, you have at least imagined – given the limitless potential of your imagination these things can blur; what you imagined, you might as well have experienced. All this has served to render you essentially ‘shock-proof ’. At the same time it has also enabled in you a rare sympathy of spirit – friends, even strangers, comfortably confide anything in you, never having the slightest concern that you would be shocked or judgemental or castigating. You are incredibly forgiving of the human condition, its frailty, its cruelty, and will give chance after chance to those who may disappoint you, even hurt you.
You have charisma and a natural radiance that is a powerful factor in attracting partners and if you use it well, you will make honourable and successful attachments. Impressions are important and you enjoy being grandiose, but with a magnanimous yet modest demeanour. Your creative talents can bring gain through speculation, investment, enterprise, children, pleasure and places of amusements, anything which allows you to project your natural love of life. You need to express your identity through your work, project yourself and make an impact on others. However you cannot thrive in a subservient position. You are not adverse to risk, if the gamble is worth it. There could be loss through speculations, troubles and jealousy in courtship, trouble with children, and sorrow through love, pleasure and pride.
A master of satire, your caustic observations can flood and surround like fireflies on a summer night, flashing off and on so fast one can’t keep up with them. Yet, if a bright remark whose exact meaning or intent escapes you is casually tossed your way, you get a decidedly uncomfortable feeling. Humour is one of your secret weapons; your disarming smile often covers unshed tears. You’re as facile with slapstick as you are with sophisticated jokes. The fun can be warm and innocuous and it can also be cold and unsparing. Whatever the case it often is a cover for another emotion you hide; your laughs are often masks and they disguise you well. But you do bring a sense of fun to relationships and if children are around, they are taken with you immediately. Your nature is dramatic and expressive; you do like being the centre of attention
You can get upset now and then, your anger is seldom violent or long lasting and the placid waters soon calm. Although you have difficulty in fathoming yourself, you have no problem in seeing all the subtleties of others clearly. You’re not easily fooled, you see right through them and their agendas, but you can easily fool others, and you do, a lot. You are generally charming, of good and gentle nature, and not much will excite you to violent action, but if and when something does, your temper takes its form in your clever, caustic tongue issuing out barbs and arrows drenched in biting and levelling sarcasm that pierce right to the heart and soul of whatever adversary was unfortunate enough to rouse that monster in you from its abyss.
Your ability to love is boundless and you are the consummate romantic. You can easily fall in love with love, and may be disposed to love affairs. You respond very strongly to beauty and reciprocate magnanimously to love. You’ve had to learn to be economical and cautious about money, it didn’t come naturally to you. You have a tendency in love relationships to lean emotionally on your partner. You require reassurance and faith, and respond poorly to nagging and criticism. Your nature ensures that you are inclined to heavy use by others, and as a result of that, sometimes in the sanctity of your home, you can come undone rather easily. You would require a partner who can put you back together, wrapping you up and tying the knots tight enough so it won’t happen again too soon, but that also knows it will, understands well the wear and tear your life takes on you and doesn’t resent the routine maintenance required.
However, partnerships will function best for you when you avoid vacillating between extremes – having unrealistic expectations of your partner and feeling the odds are stacked against you. A lover and a peace-maker, not a fighter, you try to avoid open conflict, patiently ignoring or “tuning out” problems hoping they will go away by themselves, rather than directly confronting them. Sometimes you become detached from your immediate environment, with no thought to housekeeping and day to day duties, so that things become a bit disorderly; that it bothers those around you more than it does you, bothers them even more. You also tend to do things in a subtle, often covert, manner. Then there are those ever so slight tendencies to be lazy and negligent, or to wallow for a bit in self-pity, or to indulge in fantasies of martyrdom. But to be fair, in reality, you do live your life in a lonely understanding of truth that is too deep to express so you are apt to be overcome with spells of loneliness and depression and become rather gloomy about it. However with the proper handling one can snap you right out it. Pisceans are particularly vulnerable to sug­gestion.
Gentle at heart, impressionable, receptive, you are a sensitive person with a genuine love and concern for others. So keenly empathic, you often sense things psychically or intuitively that prove to be right. Tolerant, forgiving, nonjudgemental, you accept people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or appearance. Your depth of compassion often allows you to feel the pain of others’ suffering as if it were your own. You are sympathetic to the needy, the disadvantaged, even the misfits of society. More than most, you are aware of, and witness to, the tragedies of human existence.
Within whatever work or job you do, you give selflessly. Your life is a devoted, compassionate service to others. That said, you tend to give of yourself and your resources, indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of your kindness and to encourage the weak to remain so, by becoming dependent upon you. You have little sense of boundaries or limits, of knowing when to say “no”. Moderation and self-discipline in that respect are not your strong points. Standing against the injustices and inequities in the world, choosing to always believe the best in others, will often leave you misunderstood and disillusioned, because you’ve put yourself in another impossible situation that will inevitably lead to disappointment – but you know that. You have this internal conversation with yourself almost daily and have had for as long as you can remember.
Occult beliefs and practices have probably always held an interest for you, tugging at your imagination, as though you were born with an understanding of esoteric principles – and you were. Even when not involved or practised in some way, they have served to anchor your vivid imagination and keep you emotionally stable.
At the same time you don’t believe you can live forever, you worry that you won’t. You don’t take as good care of yourself as you should and spend more of your excess energy than you have to spare helping friends and relatives which usually results in you taking on their burdens and troubles. For some of your ilk, such depletion of energy can pose a risk of excessive substance use in an effort to manage this serious drain on their health, physically and emotionally.  But you have a hidden inner resistance. If you have risen to the challenge you have discovered this latent strength and know how call on it, literally hypnotizing yourself into or out of anything you choose.

A Week of Contrasts

I probably need to get rid of the black dog first. It’s right that you should do what you wish, not just respond to the demands of others. I’m a sensitive soul and two events this week were enough to through me off balance. When I was  sadly let down. Nuff said, time to move on. The rest of the week was good if I ignored the rest of the world. My government is now threatening Russia – what’s the matter with them? Not in my name!

Went to Leiston (location of nuclear power stations – ugh!) to see a group of shanty singers from Sheringham. Forgot where Leiston was so went sailing past the turn, nearly reaching Lowestoft! Turned round and got there eventually!

Went to an Indian restaurant Cinnamon My beautiful companion enthused so much promising to include a visit on her birthday. It was good. Not sure I’ll make the birthday guest list, from what she was saying she has a lucky victim already selected. It’s one advantage of being an old man, as I no longer pose a threat, or even a prospect!

Then to St Margaret’s Church, Leiston, a beautiful place, well worth a visit even without the singers. Magnificence in a small church – please visit.

That was Friday – excellent group of lads from Sheringham, so good that no-one bothered to smash in the head of the guy with a Nowich City  Football Club scarf (that typo is deliberate).

Saturday saw a different church, St John’s Felixstowe, different women and a change of atmosphere. My lovely friend Maggie played the violin as part of the orchestra for an oratorio about Hercules. Not my favourite work, and it lasted just two performances when originally performed. However the soloists, orchestra and the choir did a sterling job. We are so lucky that so many folk practise for hours just to receive a few claps from the audience, and a mound of personal satisfaction. Why do we waste so much money on foreign footballers and nothing on locally-created arts?

Shared lunch with Maggie at Bencotto’s before she left to rehearse. Surprised at the lack of vegetarian options, yet it remains my favourite place in town.

Fragile Life

Sidney George Forsdike, aged 90It’s been a week! (working from Friday)

My old friend George fell over dislocating his pelvis. George is 90, so was sent off to hospital where he received the best NHS treatment. Our health service is such a blessing, even though our present government is trying to destroy it so that private companies can make profits.

He soon lost consciousness and various bodily functions started to break down. Despite the best efforts of the medical team his body decided to leave this earth yesterday. A welcome relief. He’d had a good life. For all of us there’s a time to go.

George ran a flower nursery for over 50 years, with his wife Clare. Retiring they moved to Felixstowe, to a lovely apartment overlooking the sea. Only months later Clare died, leaving George on his own for the better part of twenty years.

He was a quiet, self-contained ole Suffolk boyo. Yet he took a lively interest in current affairs (was one of the few who read my blog) and was ‘computer literate’.

We created his biography ‘Cats and Chrysanthemums’  and later Ann Kearney recorded an audiobook version ISBN 978-1898030850 both available.

Good luck George. Nice knowing you.

 

 

Progress

Lutz self-driver podI listened to the Chancellor’s Budget speech yesterday, and the lame excuses that soon appeared to justify his lies. The awful reality is that they seem to believe themselves. Perhaps worse is that the media don’t switch on the light in a darkened room with these liars tied to chair when they ask questions. Their arrogance is frightening. What sort of world are we creating?
Moan over, let’s move on to something constructive.
We don’t have a car industry. It became a guide to British industry. If it works we sell it. (not sure that our car industry ever did work, but the idea suffices) We now have foreign-owned firms using our capable and compliant work-force building good (cars) many of which are exported.
Woe are us. We are merely wage slaves. The Chancellor hasn’t got any money. Why? Because they allowed inward investment.
There are other ways to live.
We could assume that none of us need to work. We have the money. Well we would have the money of if we screwed more cash out of these foreign company owners.
Our function is to be consumers. We buy stuff and that helps the world go round. In addition we can use our spare time to design and innovate. Eliminate poverty and people become more useful. They come up with ideas. That’s what triggers progress.
We don’t own a car industry. That’s accepted. Shall we encourage large car manufacturers to come here, to exploit our workers? Should our government be offering incentives to employ our workforce?
I think not. There is a visionary alternative. Who needs cars anyway? At least the speed-obsessed pollutants we now call cars. Let’s look forward instead. We now need to get from place to place. How do we do that?
The electric wheelchair is the answer. Now called a self-drive pod. We should invest in battery technology – they need to be much smaller, or different (I’m not her to design the machines of the future but to suggest ways that will work).
Imagine we all have a personal machine (PM). It is a movable marvel that comes with many extras (imagine a trailer loaded with juvenile detritus). It can get about on its own, perhaps 10-15 miles at 10mph max. It’s the only vehicle allowed in towns and cities.
It can link to another PM, and with others join together to a power source, that can travel faster, go further. Computer-controlled it is the building block that can create coaches, trains, even aircraft so we can get from place to place.
The joy for the UK, often the world innovator, is that we will have a head start. The rest of Europe can argue about making infernal combustion engines. We will have flexibility.
As we no longer work (in the presently-accepted sense) kids can be sent to school in their locked pods, goods sent across the world, whilst we decide to have a picnic somewhere.
Break away – join me in utopia.

Saturday

teach social securityTime for a tidy. The place, indeed my life, needs sorting. Not that I jumped out of bed with that in mind. It takes time for such thoughts to embed themselves in my mind. It is, after all, quite an undertaking.
I’ve already made some advances. I tipped out the rubbish from the waste paper basket, and filled a big plastic bag with other detritus I found lying around – mostly on the floor around the WPB.
It was then time to check my computer.
Received a letter from the Pension Service yesterday In itself That tends to make me angry. I’ll not bore you with the details except to tell you, they told me some months ago, that for the last ten years they had paid me too much pension. Immediately they demanded repayment. Having received about three letters a week for several years I had merely glanced at this letter. Bad mistake. By the time I did read it the 14 day appeal period had passed. I had no right of further appeal.
I know it was their fault, I never set my pension, they told me what I would receive, but they are now very crafty. You can’t email or text these people. They only have a telephone as a point of contact. Using it you will be answered immediately, and start paying for the call. You will not be answered but will hang on, being told how busy they are, for about five minutes. It’s deliberate. It’s a way of making money.
Eventually a Northern or perhaps a Scottish voice will answer. Their accents are supposedly easy to understand. I disagree. I’m a weak Easterner.
Anyway I tell my tales to the young kid. They have given me too much money over the previous ten years. Now they will take 30% of my pension, every week, until the overpayment has been repaid. Another scam – if they had been a pension company they could only recover for the past six years, and will probably be amenable to a longer repayment period.
Not the Pension Service. As I protest the Northern whippersnapper tells me that’s it, there’s nothing more can be done. Besides he says, ‘You have other savings’.
I implode. Young folk have been indoctrinated. They believe we are given pensions for nothing, and anyway recent government leaks state that pensioners get more than ‘decent hard-working families’.
So, I check their recent letter. This time I see their computer will take over £4 a week more than the 30% to which they are entitled. A dilemma. Do I tell them, knowing it will just extend the repayment period or shall I make a fuss? You tell me?
I take comfort that I have some sleeping pills and a bottle of scotch at the ready. My hope now is that I remain compus enough to slide both pills and booze down my throat when the time comes.
This government no longer give me any support. It no longer looks after my interests. No longer recognises the lifelong contribution I have made in public service, with voluntary work, with a myriad variety of taxes, with just being a decent Englishman.
I’m no longer proud to be British.

Our Country: UK

Ken Loach was given a BAFTA this week for his latest film, I, Daniel Blake He has been making films since 1962, all of which have contained valuable social comments, starting with Cathy Come Home in 1966.

At the award ceremony Ken Loach said that the film highlighted the way in which the present government treated the poor. ‘

I was disappointed to see a Facebook comment from a man called John Smith (sic) stating that celebrities should not use a public platform to air controversial views. He was supported by a number of people.

They, in turn, had all used a public platform toput across their arguments. We must presume that their real complaint was that Ken Loach had a wider audience. No mention was made of the cause of his complaint, and the subject matter of his film, or that he’d been a social campaigner for many years.

This defence of an awful government policy is now part of the changing public scene. Don’t defend but instead attack the character of the person making a complaint.

This is but a small step away from dictatorship. Disagree with the status quo and be damned.

I started a community radio station, and wanted to question local politicians. Very quickly I was attacked, my character maligned and most politicians would not agree to being interviewed by me.

Living in an area that had returned a solid Conservative majority for many years they were not used to having their decisions questioned. It was surprising how quickly members of my team turned against me.

Today the radio station has a director who has a very dubious reputation, who has tried to run a commercial station in the past and left behind a mountain of debt. He has removed most of the voluntary presenters, refuses to allow any community diiscussion and believes he will make money from advertisers.

He will fail – again.

The shame is that the town will also lose a valuable platform. Discussion is vital if we are to live and work together. The station did that. It also encouraged emerging talent, allowing school children to have teir own programmes, to run talent shows, and be involved in local events.

The station now breaks OfCom rules every day. The people are no longer able to coplain.

 

Perfect Country: Estonia

It’s not often I get excited, even stimulated, but three women (whom I’ve never met) are doing very well, so far. It may be that I bumped into Henrietta Moore at LSE – the anthropology department did have, I recall, at least one attractive lecturer (apart from Henrietta). I digress.

Henrietta Moore

Henrietta Moore

Fi Glovet

Fi Glover

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox

They are presenters on a BBC World Service series called My Perfect Country.

It started with 14 programmes, all of which have looked at countries that present some factor that we could use to help build ‘My Perfect Country’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p035w97h/episodes/player

It’s been a good start, and should build into a movement that looks at the world in which we all live with different eyes and then promotes the necessary changes. There are now 66 episodes, and they make interesting listening – much better than watching soaps.

There’s no doubt that our world is dysfunctional, and this series is not perfect, but it’s a good start.

The first programme looked at Estonia, a postage stamp of a country stuck between Finland and Russia, with a population of just 1.3 million (not much more that we have in Suffolk).

They have had a hard time over the years; occupied by the Russians, then the Nazis, then Russia again, at one point losing 25% of their population. All this whle living in a very cold place!

They are clever. With excellent broadband coverage they have used it to bring together their communities, and to simplify government administration. Here we would be shouting about personal liberty Quite why can be difficult to understand. Estonia has shifted this perspective, with the government holding the data, releasing it as appropriate. (it’s more complex than that but…

The Republic of Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency — a transnational digital identity available to anyone in the world interested in administering a location-independent business online. e-Residency additionally enables secure and convenient digital services that facilitate credibility and trust online.

e-Residents can:

  • Digitally sign documents and contracts
  • Verify the authenticity of signed documents
  • Encrypt and transmit documents securely
  • Establish an Estonian company online. A physical address in Estonia is required to establish an Estonian company.
  • Administer the company from anywhere in the world.
  • Conduct e-banking and remote money transfers. E-residents are not guaranteed bank accounts and may establish them only at the sole discretion of our banking partners after an in-person meeting.  Please do not book travel to Estonia with the purpose of opening a bank account without first consulting a business service provider.
  • Access online payment service providers
  • Declare Estonian taxes online. e-Residency does not automatically establish tax residency. To learn about taxation and to avoid double taxation please consult a tax professional.

Sounds like a good idea – I’m now looking for my passport.

Sizewell C response

Sizewell C

This is my submission to the Consultation: Trevor Lockwood BSc FRSA

I have read the Sizewell C Stage 2 Pre-Application Consultation document and the Summary document.

Before addressing the substance of these documents I wish to comment:

1. The UK spends over £2 billion every year at its main research establishment at Sellafield.

In that case why are we allowing two foreign countries to build our new nuclear power plants?

2. These consultation document are produced by the contractor: doesn’t the government, on behalf of the people, have a Response to Consultation with a more detailed specification? Work is now planned to start, largely on the speculations stated in these documents, and that raises great concern. Not just the speed but that the contractor seems to be driving the project.

3. No alternatives have been considered. We are presented with two, not one, but two EPR reactors. These raise questions:

3a) Are these the best, most reliable nuclear reactors available?

3b) How much will they cost – assuming that estimates at this stage are likely to at least double (in real terms) by the start of production and continue to rise throughout their life.

3c) It will be raised again but the waste from this facility is to remain on site – yet the eustatic effects to this stretch of coastline will affect the site before it is planned to end.

4. Alternative systems

This contractor’s outline assumes that this is the only decision to be considered. However with a ten-year construction time frame other options need to be considered.

4a) Better location: a safer location needs to be examined. What evidence is there to categorically state that Sizewell is the best site in the UK? Or is it just the cheapest? At least eight locatons could be viable.

4b) Russia is now building a Tesla Tower. If this works it will produce unlimited power, and nuclear power will not be required.

4c) Alternative fuels, namely Thorium, could be used. It will not make plutonium (weapon grade fuel) but is inherently safe and renewable. No serious objections have ever been raised, and it has been tested and found to be workable.

4d) Renewable energy: Several countries, including Holland, are creating local area linked power units using alternatives, such as solar panels -solar-battery powered cars are now being used to store excess energy. The comparative costs, flexibility and safety make such systems viable alternatives.

4e) Hows wll the generated power be transferred to points of us? We now now that copper is not the only transfer vehcile, and other formats could allow different system: local generation, long-distance transfer fro (say) desert areas.

Let me now turn to the Consultation 2 Document

References shown here refer to the paragraph headings of the Consultation Document. These are only the most obvious questions raised, and I’ll admit that by Section 8 I’d become so diillusioned that I couldn’t continue. Clearly there are too many variables that have not been examined, and too many assumptions made, so that the whole document is not more than the rablings of an undergraduate essay.

1.2.1 EDF is described as one of the largest energy companies in the UK. That a foreign company can make such a claim, during a time when we are planning to leave the EU, is inherently dangerous.

1.3.1 The NPS-EN1 and NPS-EN6 are now outdated, and will certainly be before this project is completed. They can no longer be relied upon.

3.3.1 If there is an urgent need for energy then nuclear power is not the answer. Alternatives are available, for example: all new housing should be energy efficient – with solar panels or other renewables.

3.3.3 Nuclear power is not clean, secure or affordable when its lifetime is considered.

Sizewell is only one of eight sites considered. It is by far the most dangerous. With a crumbling coastline, too close to Europe and in the middle of a tourist area and AONB.

3.3.9 Replacing an SSI does not provide a workable substitute – you can’t serve notice of ejection upon wildlife.

3.5 The National Police Statements provide too many objections, particularly defence interests; – less than 40 miles from the European coast, coastal change; changes daily, with flooding as a risk. Traffic with only the A12 (an unimproved A road0 already overloaded in summer, landscape and visual and aircraft movements all in danger.

4.2 It\s assumed that only 1,500 of the planned 5,000 workers will come from the UK. The back page of the Summary lists contact details for Portuguese, Polish, Bengali, Lithuanian and Romanian potential workers.

The assumption is that these foreign workers will form the greater part of the workforce. No training for UK workers is seriously considered. Cheap workers from abroad will do nothing to increase the skills base of UK workers.

4.2.10 Daily movements are not properly considered. Weasel words and phrases will not suffice. This is beautiful countryside that cannot be replaced once ruined.

4.2.13 Landing wharfage has been reduced from Stage 1 – to reduce costs. A better strategy would be to insist that all materials are brought by sea. Both Felixstowe and Lowestoft are equipped to handle larger vessels and to part load to Sizewell.

4.3.2 No mention is made of the long-term storage of nuclear waste – for perhaps thousands of years. It is to remain at this site! Just to save the contractor money, and leave the problem to the local population.

4.4.4 Rail route seems an excessive cost for a temporary structure – as it cuts across farmland. What will be the cost of re-establishing and compensation?

4.4.10 and 4.4.15 exit and access is plans unclear, and will slow traffic on A12 considerably – turning right or left will be a problem.

Figure 4.10 seems a better option but I’m unable to judge.

5.3 and 5.4.5 Employment, skilled employment, is vital to this area. At this stage temporary and long term tasks should be identified – those having long-term potential should be reserved for local people, and the appropriate training systems put in place now.

5.4.16 Remembering the problems at Leiston of Sizewell B workers there must be concern that this is prevented this time. It is proposed that temporary accommodation for some 3,000 workers will be constructed.

Why can’t this be planned as a permanent village to help with our housing crisis? I suspect it’s about cost – 4-storey portacabins are cheaper. Very short-term thinking. Costs of restitution will be considerable – why not think ahead.

5.5.13

This will have an adverse affect on tourism. During construction there will be excess traffic, pile driving, civil disruption by young workers. Towns, like Aldeburgh, may never recover.

5.5.21 Community safety plans are inadequate. Reporting events after they happen do not restore confidence.

6.5 Traffic management – this is an old-world agricultural community. It will not react well to disruption. The modelling graphs (Figure 6.2 etc) are inaccurate (no weekends shown, no daily flows).

6.8.15 Air quality measures should also consider the continuous easterly polluted air flow from Felixstowe’s 3.35 million TCU movements

7.3.2 This is nonsense – build a pond beside a sea that is likely to flood until a UK Geological Disposal Site is available – that is NOT going to happen. We shall leave this nuclear waste for future generations. That is wrong.

7.4.14 put beside the hedgerow removal we have seen in Suffolk over recent years this is a disgraceful restoration.

7.4.41 A cut-off wall is currently being modelled? What will happen when you pump away all the water needed for agriculture? What volumes are you considering?

7.4.51 fishermen now fish close to the warmed water outlet. Will CEFAS study really provide assurances required? It needs clarification.

7.4.66 As an ecologist I’m really concerned that you believe a mitigation strategy is all that is required.

SSI Crossing

The Thames Crossway project has eight tunnel boring machines – rent one for here, the Options given will not work.

7.5.36 et al That’s OK then. God has spoken sea wind and tide have been warned – there will never be another event like 1953, Dunwich will be returned. EDF marketeers have decided.

You state that a jetty will cause no problems nor will any dredging – how much spoil will be removed – can we sell it to the Dutch? Analysis is required.

For much of the remaining sections of the document I am too close to apoplexy to be safe to continue.

A four-storey accommodation block is to be screened by vegetation. Noise will be prevented. Modelling is continuing, environmental areas will be replaced – so it goes on. This is all written by a team of skilled liars.

We don’t need these constant references that the contractor plans to look at this problem – there are far too many.

There’s no appreciation that this is the closest portion of coastal land for most people. That it is a tourist area – visited by millions every year. That there is an internationally important nature reserve, which is just a stage in development of wildlife access that will stretch to Lowestoft,and link to the Broads.

I was a surveyor that worked on the Sizewell B training centre at Cliff Quay, Ipswich – which was an afterthought to the Sizewell B construction. A similar facility is not even mentioned here.

My patience ran out at this point. Here we are at Section 8, still writing about temporary works. Where’s the long-term development? Where’s the discussion about alternatives.

Why is this just a speculative document produced by a foreign contractor?

What are the implications of Brexit? How will the UK develop its own skill base? Why can’t we build this ourselves.

Can we see a financial comparison of the different energy options before assuming that this nuclear plan, using outmoded ideas, stuck alongside this environmentally sensitive coast is the only option we have.

I’m convinced it is not