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Scots, be of good cheer, it turns out that after Baroness Verma ended her High Street High Fashion shop career, she is said to have gotten some sort of business degree and changed to an undefined “service sector” business. 
That’s who 55% of Scots chose to leave responsible for the complex nuclear waste facility at Dounreay, when choosing to stay yoked to the nuclear UK and its appointed for life House of Lords – who put in mind Carnival Kings and Queens. What a mockery of democracy. We warned you! It is tragicomic, like the mining companies fleeing before Ebola.
The Dounreay site is notoriously problematic and Willie MacRae was found dead, shortly after announcing to friends that he had damning information about the site. It likely had to do with the 1977 Dounreay nuclear waste explosion, but no one knows for sure. As far as shipping goes, anyone who knows the North Sea knows its tempestuous nature, but that’s why there are weather warnings. Shipping forecasts are provided 4 times per day and gale warnings as needed: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/marine-shipping-forecast/#?tab=map Just think how much additional excitement there will be if the Scottish EPA approves letting 85% French government owned EDF turn Torness Nuclear Reactor into a North Sea nuclear waste import-export facility, presumably under the fashionable care of “Baroness” Verma. Surely everyone can look forward to the excitement of even more radioactive waste ship fires and oil rig evacuations during tempestuous storms.
Americans can be of good cheer too. While the UK is saddled with so many newly appointed “Barons” and “Baronesses”, whose qualifications mostly elude us, that they have put most of the old aristocrats out to pasture and are begging older members of the House of Lords to leave due to overcrowding, Americans have the possibility of getting rid of Senate members, such as Senator Landrieu, who have unknown qualifications and overt conflicts of interest. Landrieu is the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and serves on the Senate Appropriations committee. She has received campaign funding from nuclear and oil and gas interests throughout her career. One probably need look no further to explain the construction and scandalous government funding of the Vogtle nuclear new build. If Senator Landrieu is replaced in November, the new Senator will be a junior Senator and less able to cause the sort of damage which she appears to have caused.
From the Scottish Government:
“Call for safety review following ship fire
Environment Secretary urges Westminster to devolve power in light of Parida incident.
Westminster will today be urged to carry out an investigation and safety review following a cargo ship blaze that resulted in the evacuation of a North Sea oil platform.
The call comes following reports that Danish ship MV Parida, which was carrying radioactive nuclear waste, caught fire and began drifting in the Moray Firth last night (Tuesday 7 October).
Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead will contact Baroness Verma, who has responsibility for the UK nuclear regulatory body, to discuss whether it was wise for a vessel carrying such material to set sail in a ‘weather window’ when the weather condition led to the ship drifting and made the rescue effort more difficult than it would have been in better weather.
In addition to asking Westminster to investigate the incident and explore what lessons can be learned from its outcome, Mr Lochhead will also suggest to Baroness Verma that the Scottish Government should have the powers to enable us to regulate the transportation of nuclear waste on Scottish land and sea.
Mr Lochhead said:
“The Parida is now anchored about one mile from the Cromarty Firth, and the appropriate UK regulators will decide when it is safe for the vessel and its cargo to move. However, given the circumstances of this incident I will be seeking assurance from the UK Government that a suitable towing vessel will be in the vicinity of the vessel as it makes its way out of Scottish waters.
“I will also be asking the UK Government for an investigation to be carried out to examine what caused this incident, and why we have a situation that vessels that are carrying nuclear waste in our waters are waiting for weather windows at this time of year, especially given the impact that the weather could have on any rescue operation.
“We have to ensure that we are taking absolutely every single precaution that comes with the transportation of nuclear waste. In this case, risk to the public and environment has been avoided, which is very reassuring to hear and I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who was involved in the rescue operation last night and in the early hours of this morning.
“Presently, the Scottish Government does not have control over the transportation of radioactive waste or what happens with ships in incidents like this that occur in Scottish waters – all we can currently do is monitor the situation. I will be raising this issue with Baroness Verma to ask expressly that the relevant powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.”
The Scottish Government, along with the Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA) and Police Scotland are continuing to monitor the situation.
Notes To Editors
Danish registered ship the Parida was transporting six cemented drums of radioactive nuclear waste from Scrabster to Antwerp in Belgium when a fire broke out in one of her two funnels. The ship began drifting in the Moray Firth.
As a precaution, 52 workers from the Beatrice oil platform in the North Sea were evacuated.
Radiation and containment monitoring has been carried out on the vessel and it has been confirmed there is no risk to the public or the environment“. http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Call-for-safety-review-following-ship-fire-10fd.aspx © Crown copyright, Open Government Licence v1.0 http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ (Emphasis our own).
 “Baroness Verma at the Mock Council of the European Union, 17 November 2011, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice/6352656191/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandip_Verma,_Baroness_Verma https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/
 Below is her official biography. Elsewhere we have found that her shop was supposedly a hosiery shop, which was said to have failed. What kind of “service sector” she changed to would be interesting to know. The official bio only says that she attended university, it does not say if she finished. Elsewhere we have found claims that she finished a degree in business, but not if it was a university degree. At lease she was motivated enough to go back to school, after having opened a shop-business at age 19. But, there is nothing suggesting that she is qualified in any way to deal with such a complex topic as nuclear waste in general, and the even more complex facilities at Sellafield and Dounreay. Has she even had a chemistry class? She may or may not be qualified to supervise small business start-ups. Since no one bothers to elaborate her “service sector” business, it is impossible to say. Someone described her business as “supplying agency care workers“. If this is to do with home health care, then she could benefit from those made ill by the nuclear industry. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandip_Verma,_Baroness_Verma
This discusses the ridiculous UK House of Lords, who now seem 2 a penny or a dime a dozen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Lords
Baroness Verma was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change in September 2012. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.
Baroness Verma attended local schools and university in Leicester.
In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. She was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election.
Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills.
Career outside politics
Baroness Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000 she changed her business to the service sector.
Baroness Verma was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK with her parents when she was 1 year old. She lives in Leicester with her husband and has a daughter and a son.
Department of Energy & Climate Change
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for the business of the Department of Energy & Climate Change in the House of Lords.
Other responsibilities include:
departmental performance and delivery
managing liabilities, including coal health and the Concessionary Fuel Scheme transparency
managing the nuclear legacy
Geological Disposal Facility
civil nuclear security
nuclear safety and regulation
nuclear non-proliferation” © Crown copyright, Open Government Licence v2.0: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/baroness-verma (Emphasis our own).
 “U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
Landrieu is the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which handles issues ranging from offshore drilling and revenue sharing to nuclear power generation and the creation of national parks. From her seat on the Energy Committee, Senator Landrieu successfully passed the landmark Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act which opened up more than 8 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration and, for the first time, granted Louisiana and other Gulf states who allow offshore drilling a 37.5% revenue share…
U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations
The Appropriations Committee writes legislation allocating federal funds to the numerous government agencies, department and organizations on an annual basis.
The Senate appointed Sen. Landrieu chair of the Appropriations Committee’s important Subcommittee on Homeland Security. This subcommittee is responsible for drafting legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s 20 offices and seven sub-agencies. The Appropriations Committee is considered the most powerful panel on Capitol Hill.
The committee also is responsible for supplemental spending bills, which are sometimes needed in the middle of a fiscal year to compensate for emergency expenses, such as funding to help with natural disasters or military operations. The Appropriations Committee gives Sen. Landrieu an opportunity to be a strong and effective voice for Louisiana’s interests, particularly in the areas of health, transportation and education.” http://www.landrieu. senate.gov/?p=committee_assignments (Emphasis our own).