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Erica Neustadt

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES -

BORIS John­son is stand­ing for par­lia­ment in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. But what stand is he likely to take on lo­cal is­sues?

One top­i­cal is­sue is HS2, as his cho­sen con­stituency is on the pro­posed route. What do his po­ten­tial con­stituents think about HS2? Will he to rep­re­sent those views?

Like Bucks coun­cils, Hilling­don Coun­cil op­poses HS2. It also con­cludes that the pro­posed com­pen­sa­tion is too low and too re­stric­tive.

Ruis­lip Against HS2 has joined Hilling­donA­gain­stHS2 in a large and well­sup­ported pub­lic cam­paign. There are anti-HS2 ban­ners ev­ery­where. It seems clear that many he seeks to rep­re­sent are against the project.

What does Bozzer say about HS2 op­po­nents? He is quoted as call­ing them ‘nimbys who are only con­cerned about prop­erty prices’.

Are you not per­son­ally con­cerned about prop­erty prices, Mr John­son? If not, your London pad, worth well over £2m – I’ll give you a ten­ner for it.

Boris also main­tains that en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns about HS2 are not gen­uine, just another ploy to pre­serve lo­cal prop­erty val­ues.

For ex­am­ple, the Wood­land Trust de­scribes an­cient wood­lands as those which ‘have been around since 1600’ with ‘unique fea­tures such as rel­a­tively undis­turbed soils and com­mu­ni­ties of plants and an­i­mals that de­pend on the sta­ble con­di­tions an­cient wood­land pro­vides, some of which are rare and vul­ner­a­ble. They are also liv­ing his­tory books, with fea­tures such as me­di­ae­val bound­ary banks, char­coal hearths, and old cop­pice stools, that tell us how wood­land was used in cen­turies past’.

De­spite this, Boris main­tains we have no an­cient wood­lands to pro­tect as ‘ac­tu­ally there’s no tree in this coun­try that’s more than 200 years old’.

You couldn’t make it up, could you? And you don’t have to be­cause Boris al­ready has.

So Boris is un­likely to fight his con­stituents’ cor­ner against HS2. In the cir­cum­stances, some­one could stand against him on an anti-HS2 ticket and do re­mark­ably well. It could be done with the Green Party which op­poses HS2, or as an In­de­pen­dent.

Is any­one out there, read­ing this, think­ing about stand­ing? Please, please do.

At a time when all ma­jor par­ties support HS2, thereby dis­en­fran­chis­ing many peo­ple, it is the mo­ment for an in­di­vid­ual to stand up and say: ‘Within the demo­cratic process, I protest’.

Put them in par­lia­ment if you agree.

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