With of Change4 Chalfont
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.