McBride advises Miliband against rail project
THE leader of the Labour Party has been encouraged to scrap HS2 by a former government media adviser.
Damian McBride, who advised Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister, says that Labour Party leader Ed Miliband should put ‘principle before political calculation’ and withdraw his party’s support for the controversial rail line.
There have been senior figures in the Labour Party previously who have questioned the value of the project.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has said that he believes escalating costs of the line should be looked at by the Labour Party and that there should not be a blank cheque for the project.
Writing in The Times newspaper, Mr McBride said: “HS2 is a bad idea simply because it will not happen as planned.
“And if politicians can’t see into the future to appreciate that, they should at least look back at every other major transport project of the past three decades that relied on bulldozing people’s homes, gardens and forests.”
‘NO JUSTICE’: Labour leader Ed Miliband (above) has been advised against HS2 by Damian McBride (right)