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Posts Tagged: HS2
A new era of optimism in Downing Street can bring positive changes for my area.
Over budget and out of control, allowing it to continue simply stores up more trouble and scandal for the future.
On the whole, pay rises should go to those on the frontline, or be used for recruitment and retention, or be based on performance.
Johnson’s bandwagon rolls on, Davidson declares for the Home Secretary – and Gove deploys weapons of mass distraction
Also: don’t cut members out of the contest. And the right exam question for candidates is: who can best win a general election?
This is a contribution to the debate – now let’s see what the candidates offer during the week ahead.
They are chosen not from a factional or ideological standpoint, but from what I see while doing the job of Mayor.
It’s increasingly clear that he is the candidate who can win back the voters we need to win the next general election.
John O’Connell: There are so many better ways of spending £50 billion than on HS2. Here are some of them.
The alternatives we publish today range from airfields to supertrams, roads to rail, bicycles to bridges.
The majority of Brits drive to work in a car or a van, but journalists and politicians get the train to work. I think that’s reflected in political discourse.
Iain Dale: Were it not for Churchill, McDonnell might be speaking German. And so could the rest of us.
Plus: Up, up and away – HS2’s costs. Staying down – LibDem poll ratings. Stuck where they are – Labour’s.
25 questions about (another) early general election – and the horror show it could be for the Conservatives
The more one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.
John Downer: Scrapping HS2 wouldn’t help the North, it would cut a vital lifeline to the regional economies
Crucial investment in local rail infrastructure isn’t an alternative to the new line, it depends on it.
“How would you feel if we spent the money on local transport links in the Midlands and the north?’’ Gove asked Conservative MPs last year.
Andy Street: Here in the West Midlands, there’s a new kind of politics developing. We call it Urban Conservatism. And it’s winning.
Our new fortnightly columnist on a renaissance which “through teamwork and shared vision, is producing real results”.