Sir Terry Pratchett OBE “Bloody tin boxes going very, very fast don’t do anything for the countryside.”
Janet Street Porter “David Cameron said he profoundly believed it was a good way of bringing the North and South closer together. I beg to differ. What will get our economy functioning again is far more prosaic – millions of tons of salt and grit applied to pavements and roads by council workers who are not being laid off.”
Sir Geoffrey Palmer OBE “Now it is a Transformational Benefit. A what? A Transformational – what is that? Where is the evidence for this Transformational Fairy Godmother – wave my wand at pantomime time”
John Redwood MP “There are numerous people who live nowhere near the proposed route who have doubts about the value of this project, including constituents of mine.”
George Monbiot, honorary president of the Campaign against Climate Change “it would be better to have an honest, informed discussion about high-speed rail, rather than a wild guess based on unfounded assumptions and dodgy figures.”
All our wonderful supporters for making this campaign such a success!
David Cameron for failing to honour his pledge to “rebuild trust in politics” in particular allowing those who will benefit financially from HS2 to lobby him and sell out our identity as Beautiful Britain, countryside, our communities, our rural economies, our money, our social integration.
“We don’t know who is meeting whom. We don’t know whether any favours are being exchanged. We don’t know which outside interests are wielding unhealthy influence. This isn’t a minor issue with minor consequences. Commercial interests – not to mention government contracts – worth hundreds of billions of pounds are potentially at stake.
I believe that secret corporate lobbying, like the expenses scandal, goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics. It arouses people’s worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works, with money buying power, power fishing for money and a cosy club at the top making decisions in their own interest.
We can’t go on like this. I believe it’s time we shone the light of transparency on lobbying in our country and forced our politics to come clean about who is buying power and influence.”
David Cameron for prioritising HS2; wasting millions of pounds on the HS2 project and seeking to commit £34 billion of tax payers money on a loss making project, entirely at our risk when we are facing the greatest austerity measures seen in recent times.
Phillip Hammond for misleading the British public on the facts, the figures and demand for HS2 and also the complete lack of environmental impact appraisal of the proposal.
Phillip Hammond for continuously playing the “NIMBY” card in order to encourage the North South divide.
The list could go on.
STOPHS2, wishes everyone a very Happy New Year and will be back in 2011 with a full status report on where MPs and Local Government along the line stand.