Nine-year-old boy becomes the youngest person in parliament
THE son of a prominent anti-HS2 protester became the youngest person to ever officially appear in Parliament.
Nine-year-old Alex Rukin, whose father Joe is campaign manager of Stop HS2, petitioned the HS2 select committee of MPs on Monday, who can recommend that changes are made to the line in order to ensure more mitigation.
During his evidence he pointed out problems with the assessment HS2 Ltd has made on the impact the line will have on woodlands.
He also questioned HS2 Ltd’s maths before making the point that with advances in technology, there is no need for HS2.
His petition states: “Your petitioner, who started doing video conferencing at school when he was six, wonders if the old people who say we need HS2 have ever even heard of the internet, Skype or Facetime.”
It adds: “Your petitioner has been told that saying things which are not true is naughty, so does not understand why the HS2 people say things that are not true and get money.”
Joe Rukin said: “After I explained what petitioning was, [Alex] said he thought everyone in the whole country should be doing it, because he thinks HS2 is such a bad idea and the wrong thing to spend lots of money on.
“He is committed to doing something about something he thinks is wrong.