Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DAVID G MEACOCK Chal­font St Peter

FOR me it was ob­vi­ous right from the off that con­ven­tional meth­ods of protest against HS2 were hav­ing lit­tle ef­fect and would ul­ti­mately fail, as they have.

Cheryl Gil­lan MP called it right when she sold her house just prior to HS2 be­ing an­nounced pub­licly and its value drop­ping, and not im­me­di­ately buy­ing an­other within Amer­sham more suited to her do­mes­tic needs.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors threat­ened to re­sign and failed to carry out their threats.

I was unan­i­mously voted down when I pro­posed with­hold­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the Con­ser­va­tive Coun­cil­lors As­so­ci­a­tion and es­ca­lat­ing that up and down the pro­posed route.

So much for putting lo­cals’ needs be­fore one’s own po­si­tion as their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Given as the then Trans­port Min­is­ter said in June 2015, lo­cals have voted for HS2 by con­tin­u­ing to vote for pro-HS2 par­ties, why would the Lords do any­thing other than rec­om­mend the cheap­est so­lu­tion?

Af­ter all, what is there to fear from a few scream­ing arm­chair crit­ics most of whom have still voted FOR HS2 by putting their Bal­lot Box cross next to a proHS2 party?

Be­ing char­i­ta­ble in this sea­son of good­will, per­haps these pro-HS2 vot­ers just thought it’d even­tu­ally come right.

Well it hasn’t, and as there isn’t much time left be­fore the first sod will be dug, the only chance left to stop it is to en masse vote UKIP in May.

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