Environmental opponents of the High Speed Two plans should consider the alternatives more carefully. The fact is we need more capacity, and no way of achieving this will leave the countryside entirely untouched. Some call for the widening of existing West Coast Mainline tracks, and the introduction of double-decker trains. But these options would bring an enormous amount of disruption in their own right. Tracks would have to be dug up and re-laid, bridges removed, stations renovated to accommodate bigger trains. Quite simply, there is no painless way of meeting Britain’s transport demands.
[Re: We should be glad that foreign firms want to buy British companies, Wednesday]
The author is right to celebrate the fact that British firms are bought by foreign companies. True, some foreign buyers end up closing factories, or moving them abroad. But it is wrong to assume that those factory closures or mass redundancies would not have happened anyway – particularly if no buyer had been found. Typically, factory closures are the result of an unproductive setup. By moving labour abroad, factories can pass on cost savings to consumers, and often secure the future of the company rather than it going bust altogether.
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