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- Published on Monday, 19 August 2013 13:04
A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs released today supports the UKIP position that HS2 is a costly and unnecessary project that should be scraped.
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This must have been a “fly-on-the-wall” TV program !
UKIP ARE THE ONLY PARTY OPPOSING HS2
Monday, 28th January 2013
While all other parties are rallying around this £34 billion waste of time, UKIP wants to make clear the other, less heard, side of the argument about HS2.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “The Government may talk about regeneration and the importance of linking cities in order to create jobs outside London, but high speed rail projects elsewhere have shown that in actual fact it simply leads to more people migrating to the capital city to work, rather than vice versa. It will extend the commuter belt to London beyond Birmingham.
“Yet the cost will be more than £1,000 per household. Many people will never even benefit from High Speed railway and there are lots of people who will actually be blighted by it. People will find homes devalued while swathes of the countryside will be destroyed for no good reason. Many people will simply not be able to afford the fares. The project lines the pockets of the construction industry.
“HS2 will not boost economies in the North. Far from it. It is a loss making scheme. Instead the UK should invest that massive amount of money in developing better infrastructure, including transport between and within towns and cities. This is where the real potential for development lies.
“The UK is supposedly taking painful austerity measures with huge cuts to services and infrastructure, yet the Government is adamant on spending £34 billion on a service that will only benefit the richest in society.
“There has been a lot of spin and a lot of propaganda about HS2. But I am sure if people knew the facts, they would most certainly not be in support.”
Many Thanks to the “Uxbridge Gazette” for this :-
Big turnout as UKIP slams HS2
MORE than 100 Ickenham people turned out on Saturday to hear UKIP leader Nigel Farage speak out against HS2.
He was at the village hall to criticise plans for the high speed rail link from London to Birmingham. And he was left in no doubt as to local opposition.
Ickenham will suffer from the building of the line, say local people, who are angry that a tunnel has been suggested to protect neighbouring Ruislip but will end short of their community.
At a community forum in March, it was revealed that the HS2 tunnel proposed for Ruislip would stop short of Ickenham because the area between the tunnel portal at West Ruislip station and Harvil Road, south of Harefield, was designated as a possible junction for a Heathrow spur.
Ickenham Residents Association (IRA) member, John Collins, told the Gazette that the strength of feeling against the plans had been passed on to Mr Farage.
He said: “More than 100 people turned up to listen as UKIP have been against the plans from the start.
“I think it showed just how much the residents of Ickenham do not want HS2, and it is important that we keep the pressure up and keep showing the opposition through strength of numbers.”
Speaking to the Gazette, Mr Farage said he was thrilled with the repsonse he had got from the public.
He said: “I was delighted to have such a positive reception and a great turn out at the public meeting in Ickenham.
“It was clear from the people attending that there is a great opposition to HS2.
“UKIP remain opposed to the spending of huge amounts of tax payers money to benefit just a few people who wish to get to Birmingham 15 minutes faster, and for the people affected by the building this means they have a party to support who will stand up for them.”
The IRA also held its annual meeting on Friday last week, with MP Nick Hurd and Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot in attendance.
Mr Collins added: “HS2 was the main topic of the day and we let Mr Hurd know our feelings and he promised to take them back to Westminster with him, so we shall see.”
Taking the Message to Westminster – HS2 is wrong!
Last Monday (16th July), the Stop HS2 campaign group took their message to the House of Commons.
Consisting of ordinary people from along the length of the proposed high speed rail line, they have been massively successful in gaining publicity about the lack of a sound case for building this new rail link and have confronted both the HS2 Ltd company that has been put together to organise the construction and the successive governments that have insisted that it must be built.
Whilst they are an independent and non-aligned protest organisation, both myself and UKIP as a party (Both nationally and locally) oppose HS2 and as such I tagged along to show my support for the demonstration on the day.
I met with the Hillingdon protesters at Ruislip Underground station at 10am, from where we travelled by Tube to Westminster to meet up with groups from other areas.I was advised by the demo organiser, Lottie Jones, that the MP’s split for their summer holidays the following day so the protest was organised to keep the issue of HS2 fresh in their minds as they headed off.
Whilst on the Tube, it also became apparent that the Government had announced that morning a £9 billion pound rail network investment programme aimed at upgrading existing lines – Something that the campaigners had been calling for as an alternative to HS2. Indeed, one of the people present commented that the architect of the HS2 project had been on record as stating that electrification of the Midland Main Line should be resisted as it would seriously undermine the case for building HS2!
We arrived at the muster point under the statue of King George V at around 11.30am, where protesters from other areas were starting to assemble and put up their banners. A huge inflatable white elephant was to be the centrepiece of the demonstration, and attracted attention from a number of journalists in the area who came over to talk with the organisers.
Just before 12pm, we also got a boost with the arrival of UKIP leader Nigel Farage to have a chat with those assembled and to show support. Amongst the other familiar faces to arrive with him were UKIP press officer Gawain Towler, GLA mayoral candidate Lawrence Webb and Aylesbury councillor Chris Adams.
Film crews were also starting to take an interest, with Russia Today the first of a number to show up. These were followed by a team from the BBC and finally a very well dressed and affable fellow from Sky with his team.
Most of the UKIP luminaries moved on after around fifteen minutes, although Chris Adams stayed with us to the end. He is currently producing leaflets for his Aylesbury constituency pointing out the absurdity of spending £32 billion of public money on a train line that most ordinary people won’t use or can’t afford and how everyone in the country will be affected by this in increased taxes to pay for it!
He brought a large laminated copy of the leaflet with him for the day,and can be seen displaying it (right) with one of the David Cameron masks that were doing the rounds obscuring his handsome features!
Just before 1pm, a spokesman for the Stop HS2 campaign made a speech from the bottom of the George V statue commenting on the £9 billion upgrade package, and advising all who were there of what the campaign had achieved so far and what more needed to be done in the coming months. He then asked all present to dial in to the House of Commons switchboard and ask for their MP to come out and speak with them.
I rang through and asked to speak with Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell – The switchboard put me through to his office, where I received a recorded announcement telling me that this is a message line for him and messages can only be left between 10am and 1pm Monday-Friday!
The other campaigners had more success with their MP’s, and we were soon joined by Uxbridge MP John Randall and Ruislip & Northwood MP Nick Hurd.
John Randall (In the green jacket) chatted quite happily with the crowd for around twenty minutes and seemed to be genuinely interested in the issues, whilst Nick Hurd (In the red tie) also promised to look in to certain aspects that the demonstrators were raising with him.
Making a Valid point
I spoke with a number of people throughout the day who had travelled in to London to have their voice heard by our government. The message from them all was quite clear – There is no valid business case for HS2, it is a massive waste of money when other options are available at a fraction of the cost to improve our railways, it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and the country in it’s current predicament can’t afford it.
This message was conveyed calmly and firmly to the MP’s who spoke with us on the day, and hopefully has been noticed by transport minister Justine Greening. She has delayed discussion on the compensation packages for those affected until Parliament returns in the Autumn, when stage 2 of the project (Including the Heathrow Spur) will be announced.
Let us hope that the protesters voices are heard and that there is no need for compensation or a stage 2 as reason will out and the whole waste of money will be shelved.
For more details on the Stop HS2 campaign, visit their website at http://ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk/
No to HS2: Be afraid of politicians toeing the party line
Mar 26 2012 By Keri Brennan
IN THE run up to the London Mayor elections you’d expect some huffing and puffing from candidates about what they can do for Londoners badly affected by HS2. In reality, there has really mostly only been silence!
Mainly because they don’t understand the implications, criticisms and costs of the massive project, for Boris, Brian and Ken it’s probably because they don’t want to fully oppose their party leaders. London is a huge place and of course there are loads of issues for candidates to consider. Even so, it’s possible that HS2 might be worth valuable votes to the candidates so it’s worth observing what their respective positions seem to be.
Richard Barnes, Boris’s deputy mayor and Harefield councillor, has been very visible and supportive of our campaign and events both in Hillingdon and Ealing which has been great for us. As for Boris he did visit in January but just this weekend a leaflet from him dropped on to my doormat telling me and all other residents of Hillingdon why I should vote for him, he told me all about CrossRail and the Olympics and a load of other stuff but didn’t mention HS2.
In an emailed reply this week from Mayor’s Question Time he talks about HS2 as if it’s a done deal, and states he is basically fighting for more money to develop the HS2 stations and associated Tube lines. He mentions mitigation and we have been led to believe he helped secure a tunnel for Ruislip, but he seems to have let down West Ruislip, Ickenham, and north Ealing. So come on Boris, keep putting the pressure on your chums!
Talking of Boris, he seems obsessed with his bikes. Apparently they are much more interesting than a £36.4billion train set [yes, folks, it is about 10 per cent higher than when first mooted]. Jenny Jones the Green candidate also seems fixated with bikes – her tweets are often about bikes in London and apart from a visit to Perivale last week to meet residents whose lives face devastation from HS2, she hasn’t done much to actively oppose the project and raise awareness except for refusing to sign the GLA report on High Speed Rail.
Don’t get me wrong it is great to see full opposition to the project from the Greens but it needs to be massive for them and they need to use their influence to get it on the Green agenda! This is development and carbon and money on an unprecedented scale for a transport link that doesn’t integrate into anything or anywhere very well. Top points for opposing HS2 but more needs to be done to support the fight!
The Labour candidate Ken Livingstone has stated clearly that he does not support the route and will take the government to court over HS2 if he wins the election. But last year when he visited Ruislip and was bombarded by HS2 issues, he was dismissive of them and seemed not to grasp the scale of the scheme and the impact it was going to have, or the cost. He has agreed to visit again soon but no date is confirmed and time is ticking on! It’s often said about Ken that he has little regard for the suburbs and is only interested in inner London. Well we’d like to know if that is the case.
Lawrence Webb of UKIP has given us full support, visiting events and residents, and he and his party are opposed at a national level to HS2. They believe it is a white elephant and not of benefit to the UK. So they score full points at the moment!!
And the Liberal Democrats? Well Brian Paddick did visit us recently and was genuinely interested and shocked to hear everything we said. I’m paraphrasing but he was really intrigued that despite ‘winning’ a tunnel we are still fighting to Stop HS2.
We explained the more you know the worse it gets. With crime top of his agenda he should realise that HS2 is a crime against democracy and a criminal waste of money!
However, he knew nothing much about it and was officially towing the party line, despite his interest he showed in the minutes he spent with us. Not a peep since though, except one tweet!
What does it tell us when politicians don’t scrutinise a £36.4bn project and persist in toeing the party line – it says we should all be afraid, very afraid.
This our Mayoral candidate Lawrence Webb speaking against HS2