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    Please tell me I'm not the only one worried by this article. Hope it's only speculation, but if not....

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/nuclear/artic ... 83,00.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by agora
    Please tell me I'm not the only one worried by this article. Hope it's only speculation, but if not....

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/nuclear/artic ... 83,00.html
    It doesn't surprise me, given the trend of New 'Labour' to get into bed with Bush's pals. Blair will be able to retire to the high ground in comfort, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agora
    Please tell me I'm not the only one worried by this article. Hope it's only speculation, but if not....

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/nuclear/artic ... 83,00.html
    Given that the Guardian is the in-house journal for the Labour Party, it is likely that there is some foundation for the story.

    However to side track entirely. Iodine is of no use what so ever in the event of a catastrophic explosion from Sellafield.

    Iodine works by replacing radioactive iodine in the thyroid preventing thyroid cancer. It is only likely to work in children and not adults. So rather than acting as a panacea against a range of cancers it may provide protection to one small group of people against one type of cancer.

    However before we get excited and say well some protection is better than none, it is important to remember where radioactiove iodides come from. They come from nuclear bombs. There is no radioactive iodides produced by Britains scummy nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. Therefore a direct conventional misile strike on Sellafield's waste tanks would not release radioactive iodine into the atomosphere. (It would release a lot of even nastier things......)

    It is also thought unlikely that a so called dirty nuclear bomb would release iodides so the only use that iodine (best before date anyone...) has is in the event of a direct nuclear strike in whick case thyroid cancer would be the least of our worries.

    The best thing to do in the case of a nuclear strike is stick you head between your legs and kiss your ass good bye (od duck and cover as the yanks used say)

    All in all the release of iodine tablets was just a cynical ploy to protect and thunderingly inept and stupid minister.

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    But if iodine tablets are so useless, why was there so much media furore about the failure to roll them out quick enough to households? Most media outlets gave the impression that in the event of a nuclear disaster, iodine tablets were about the only thing that could save you and were therefore esssential to national security. Were we misinformed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by agora
    But if iodine tablets are so useless, why was there so much media furore about the failure to roll them out quick enough to households? Most media outlets gave the impression that in the event of a nuclear disaster, iodine tablets were about the only thing that could save you and were therefore esssential to national security. Were we misinformed?
    In a word, yes.

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    I see a way out here. Could WE buy Sellafield and close it?
    If not, perhaps John Magnier could be persuaded to buy Sellafield with his Man Yoo dollars on the state's behalf? Or maybe Dolores could dip into her lotto win and do the state some service?
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    Quote Originally Posted by agora
    But if iodine tablets are so useless, why was there so much media furore about the failure to roll them out quick enough to households? Most media outlets gave the impression that in the event of a nuclear disaster, iodine tablets were about the only thing that could save you and were therefore esssential to national security. Were we misinformed?
    Misinformed is a bit soft. Millions of pounds were poured into this because Joe Jacob said on live radio that it was possible to shelter from a nuclear disaster on a bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badboy
    Quote Originally Posted by agora
    But if iodine tablets are so useless, why was there so much media furore about the failure to roll them out quick enough to households? Most media outlets gave the impression that in the event of a nuclear disaster, iodine tablets were about the only thing that could save you and were therefore esssential to national security. Were we misinformed?
    Misinformed is a bit soft. Millions of pounds were poured into this because Joe Jacob said on live radio that it was possible to shelter from a nuclear disaster on a bicycle.
    :P :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badboy

    Misinformed is a bit soft. Millions of pounds were poured into this because Joe Jacob said on live radio that it was possible to shelter from a nuclear disaster on a bicycle.
    You mean it's not? Even with a good helmet on? Are elbow pads any use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcountry
    :P :P
    Angelcountry,
    Do you realise that that's possibly the most comprehensible piece you've ever written!
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