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The reason for the "Kow-Tow" policy towards this repressive and brutal regime is of course economics / money, whereby saving pennies and the cold-calculating economic benefit of the vast Chinese market, takes precedence over higher values of human life and freedom. Hence we have Chinese involvement in our nuclear industry, HS2 and the Huawei deal. At the very least the Huawei deal (perhaps Boris's worst yet decision?) should be scrapped asap.
1) point out that Starmer is the metropolitan millionaire human rights lawyer who engineered Labour's betrayal of Brexit, and who inhabits the lib left metropolitan elite bubble far away from the world and concerns of former Lab voters in the N and Mids, and point out Lab is now only the party of the woke middle class metropolitans and their student offspring
2) In paying for the Covid crisis, avoid another dose of Osborne-style austerity pain that would adversely affect ordinary people such as those 1st time Tory voters and enable, as the comment above suggests, Starmer to start a climb back into former Lab heartlands
Except on abortion. Due to the hold the pro-abortion Left has on the Establishment, it seems the unborn are still to be sacrificed for the freedom of others to behave as they want.
So some voters lost - as long as there's a credible genuinely conservative (traditional values / social conservative) alternative party to the "Conservatives". Which currently there isn't.
She's determinedly seeking to put into effect policies (although in tune with most voters who voted for this govt) that are hated by the liberal metropolitan establishment, and they must surely want her out.
Boris must stand firm and not let the liberal establishment get their way.
The result of this must surely be that dramatic reform of the Civil Service must be brought forward by Boris and Dom.
Yes to independent and impartial advice.
But NO to the Civil Service having its' own agenda and frustrating the will of the elected government - this must stop.
(And btw, as another commenter has pointed out, we hear comparatively little about Bercow's bullying from the Guardian, Indy, BBC, and the rest of the Lib-left media, and he was allowed to stay in office...oh, of course, he was a Remainer and fighting against Brexit...)
First, it could lead to substantial reductions in services to cities not on HS2, such as Derby, Nottingham, and Stoke. The proposed station at Toton, between Derby and Nottingham, is meant to serve those cities, but it’s in neither. Changing into connecting trams at Toton will mean journey times via HS2 to London won’t be much better than currently to St Pancras.
Second, the HS2 station at Old Oak Common, designed to connect HS2 into Heathrow and Crossrail services, would also lead to degradation of Great Western long-distance expresses due to lengthened journey times if they stop there.
Third, the HS2 stations in Birmingham and Manchester will be terminus stations that do not permit through running without reversing trains in those stations. If the Birmingham (Curzon St) station was a through station, could the cross-country line to Bristol could be connected to HS2?
If Paddington were the terminus, that would save the tunnel from Euston, and enable the Old Oak Common station to be scrapped as Paddington would provide Heathrow and Crossrail connections, has other Underground lines, as well as being nearer central London than Old Oak.
Whether or not we keep the current route and Euston as the terminus, maybe keep the arm to Manchester, and make savings by scrapping the eastern arm towards Yorkshire. HS2 services to Derby and Sheffield could be provided by a connection from HS2 to the current Birmingham – Sheffield line, which could be electrified and upgraded to 140mph or more. Nottingham could have 140mph tilting services via the current Midland Main Line. Leeds and the North East would be served by the current East Coast Main Line (ECML) upgraded to at least 140mph. I read recently that before privatisation, BR said the ECML could be re-engineered for 160mph.
Beside HS2 to Birmingham and Manchester, could a better way forward be piecemeal improvements where new sections of high speed lines are built to improve existing routes. Examples could be a Newcastle-Edinburgh high speed line that would be on a more direct route than the current curvey route; a Sheffield-Leeds High Speed line; and also Exeter-Plymouth to avoid that seriously speed restricted section which is one reason for slow journey times to the SW.