Dennis Skinner: The government should “get real” and reassess HS2

Never one to mince his words, Dennis Skinner launched a blistering attack on Chris Grayling this week, for his continued support of HS2.

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HS2 and Public Sector Pay on Question Time

For the last two weeks, HS2 has come up on BBC Question Time, both times being mentioned as something which could be cut to help pay for public sector pay increases. Jacob Rees Mogg and Nick Ferarri have basically made the same point, that if you don’t want to increase borrowing or taxes, then to increase Government spending on one item, something else has to go, so why not pick the most useless item of Government spending?

We’ve added  these  clips to our playlist of the times HS2 has got a kicking on Question Time.

 

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The Zoom Train at Christmas

Christmas is a time for the children, everyone knows that. As far as HS2 Ltd are concerned, they should all be dreaming of the Zoom Train.

 

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HS2 Chief Exec jumps ship

£750,000 pa Simon Kirby, the UK’s highest paid civil servant, quits the HS2 White Elephant for Rolls Royce. Stop HS2’s Joe Rukin interviewed by John Gaunt on Talk2Me Radio, 13th September 2016.

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HS2 given a massive thumbs down

As Simon Kirby, the £750,000 highest paid civil servant quits HS2 to join Rolls Royce, Mancunian Yvette Fielding thinks there must be “something dodgy going on” to allow HS2 to go ahead. Ainsley Harriot, Matthew Wright and the Wright Stuff audience also unanimously oppose HS2.

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HS2 Ltd tries to use fake evidence to justify axing Ancient Woodlands

John Humphrys interviews Woodland Trust Chief Executive Becky Speight on BBC Radio 4 Today, 3rd February 2016.

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Public Accounts Committee slams govt for suppressing HS1 report

Data showing that HS1 was poor value for money has been kept hidden. The Public Accounts Committee says this is “two years late” and should have been a key piece of evidence in scrutinising plans for HS2

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From the Archives: Cornish objections to HS2

When this was filmed, the cost of HS2 construction was supposed to be £42 billion, but since the 2015 Autumn Statement the overall cost now stands at £55 billion.

Cutting out the politicians’ spin, how the public in Cornwall responds to HS2.
BBC Question Time, 31st October 2013.

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Don’t Ruin Me – HS2 protest song

“Have you got a point to make, Game to play, Bones to move…
…Don’t Ruin Me”

Large parts of the beautiful English countryside featured in this video will be destroyed by HS2…. is it something that you need?

Music written and performed by John Bonney
Photographs by Keith Hoffmeister & members of HS2 action groups.

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Residents say no amount of mitigation will help them deal with HS2

This coming week the HS2 Hybrid Bill Select Committee have visits to the Chilterns (Monday 22nd) and the Buckingham constituency (Friday 27th). In addition, MPs will debate the recently announced Additional Provisions on Tuesday 23rd.

Earlier this month HS2 Select Committee MPs visited The Chilterns & Aylesbury to see the areas that would be permanently affected by HS2 if it gets built.

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