Niece work if you can get it
According to research carried out by LBC radio and You Gov this week, 51 per cent of Birmingham residents thought the £50 billion HS2 investment could be better spent elsewhere, compared to 33 per cent who said it was a good use of public money, the Birmingham Post reported.
[Work on HS2 ‘only six months away’, Neil Elkes, Birmingham Post, updated 6 Oct 2016]
LBC breakfast presenter Nick Ferrari said: “This is a considerable vote of no confidence from people who are supposed to be benefiting from such an extraordinary amount of money being spent.”
Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers said HS2 would benefit the lives of many thousands of people.
He said: “Your daughters and sons, and nieces and nephews will next year be able to get a place at the HS2 college in Birmingham and from there get a job with the likes of Alstom or Siemens which could take them anywhere in the world.
“And when Brummies move into the new houses at Icknield Port Loop is will be a result of investment which has come in part through HS2.”
More of the same old nonsense from Mr Rogers. Icknield Port Loop has nothing to do with HS2. Neither Siemens nor Alstom have any train-building factories in the UK.
Most of Siemens’ train factories are in Germany, where the government is facing the problem of housing, training, and finding jobs for one million new migrants from outside the European Union (and probably many more in the future). Finding jobs for people from Birmingham is probably not very high on anyone’s agenda.
In France, Alstom is looking to reduce headcount and manufacturing capacity. The government has intervened — with what is, in effect, state aid — to keep the works at Belfort open.