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Big thinking won't help us
12:36pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Letters
THIS is what we are up against, when trying to change political minds.
David Cameron exhorts us to ‘think big and think about what this can mean for our country. I am passionately in favour of this project – HS2’.
Well David I can think big and what looms large is the vast debt that HS2 will foist on the British taxpayer, a tax burden of between £3,000 and £5,000 per working household.
To that household that is the result of ‘thinking big’.
The loss of productive farm land, that is the result farmers can see resulting from ‘thinking big’.
Then we have Nick Clegg quoted in the Lib Dem Voice yesterday: ‘HS2 will enable people to travel more easily’.
There is only one station between Manchester and Euston, Birmingham Interchange. How will that make it easy to travel?
Then he went on ‘to travel more quickly and more frequently’.
Why Nick, with the exponential increases in technology, will faster travel be necessary? His final comment was ‘at minimal environmental cost’.
Whoops! Has he not consulted the various wildlife and countryside bodies and the farmers.
Does he accept the enormous land take which will result in the a large drop in farm production, something we can ill afford and which could result in increased imports?
Both Cameron and Clegg have been carried away by the vision of vast numbers of jobs resulting from HS2.
In one Lib Dem publication I came across, it claimed that HS2 would create 100,000 jobs. No empirical evidence to back up the claim, but that is typical of politicians with a cause, grandiose claims that they hope the gullible among us will believe.
We really have to keep our eyes and ears open.
EWEN SIMPSON Whatcroft
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