What to Do Tomorrow
Tomorrow we should finally have some really important questions answered by the Government
1) The date of the start of the National Public Consultation
2) How long the consultation will last
3) What the remit will be i.e.; what questions we will be asked to respond to
4) How the consultation will be operated across the country
5) What the “new” business case will be
Dangers to look out for!
1) The Government will most likely highlight the roadshows along the line of the proposed route – these are not the Priority for our campaign. The fact that this is a NATIONAL CONSULTATION is and we will be concentrating our efforts on speaking to the Nation, not those directly affected.
2) We must not obstruct the consultation process even it does prove to be deeply flawed. Legal challenge of any failings will be far more effective but unfortunately we can not start that until after the consultation has finished. If you do manage to get access to the Launch please gain as much information as you can to share with those of us who have been barred! Tweet it if you have a mobile Twitter account.
3) Concentrating on local impact or talking about this route will not win the debate. This is a national issue and the nation need to be shown how it affects each and every one of us. HS2 is wrong anywhere on Business, Environmental, Social and Strategic grounds.
4) Emotions are running very high amongst those directly affected and there is huge anger about the government’s callous treatment of those directly affected. Journalists are being told more than the people set to lose their homes. We must do everything we can to ensure our protests are entirely peaceful.
5) Do not “bite” the media – we need them to work with us and even if you feel they are not being objective persuasion is much more effective than critiscm. The media are our friends and we must treat them as such.
What’s happening tomorrow?
1) Protest events will be organised and will need your support. Birmingham tomorrow will see a white elephant parading the streets and some may wish to see that. The Beacons tomorrow night will be fantastic sign of unity along the line and act as a warning to the rest of the country that the HS2 consultation has started.
2) If you are staying at home tomorrow you should be able to read the documents which will be issued by the Government and study those. STOP HS2’s chairman will be doing that in order to be able to issue a statement as soon as possible during the day
3) Tweet and Blog about what you are finding out.
4) Keep an eye television and an ear on the radio and participate online or by phone if you can.
5) If you need help call us!
6) Stay focused – we will be made angry by events I am sure but they want us to be. We can beat this we need to KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!