TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Category: Infrastructure

  THE CENTRE FALLS APART. Let us hope 2016 represents the darkest hour for the centre left in Britain, Europe and the world. It is not just the defeats suffered by people like Hillary Clinton and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the victories of Donald Trump and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn. It is the [read more…]


  OFF THE RAILS. After the shameful “pause” in electrifying the Leeds-Manchester rail link, we now have the shamefaced about turn. In June when the “pause” was announced, I described it as one of the most disgraceful decisions ever made because it undermined the Northern Powerhouse based on connectivity, it undermined companies’ procurement plans and [read more…]


  RAIL BETRAYAL. I have rarely been so angered as I was on hearing the government had pulled the rug on major rail plans including the electrification of the Leeds- Manchester line. It’s difficult to know where to start with this act of betrayal, almost deceit, being perpetrated on the people of the North. So [read more…]


    TORY TURMOIL.   No sooner had the Tory cat (David Cameron) gone off to Portugal, than the mice began to play back home. Sayeeda Warsi’s resigned and Boris Johnson threw down his Westminster gauntlet.   The press has concentrated on the criticism of the Prime Minister’s stance on Gaza but Warsi’s statement also [read more…]


ILKLEY MOOR BAR HELMET What a week for the North of England! Pride of place must go to the people of Yorkshire for the magnificent response to the Tour de France. From Leeds to the wonderfully named Buttertubs and all locations in between they came out in their thousands. The effort that was put in [read more…]



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