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Haven’t done one of these in a while… • In the UK, where the general election campaign is under way, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has infuriated northern England by suggesting a Labour government might not build HS2. He wants to build from London to Birmingham, but maybe not to Liverpool and beyond, instead focusing […]

Apr 3rd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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The UK general election is just over a month away, and already the bargaining is beginning. Polls suggest that Labour could win a plurality of seats, though an outright majority is unlikely. One reason why it’s unlikely is that Labour’s vote in Scotland has collapsed. Labour’s support of austerity policies, while not as extreme as […]

Mar 22nd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Britain’s proposed HS2 high speed rail line has been controversial since the Labour government proposed it back in the ’00s. The Conservative Party was skeptical in opposition but has embraced it now that they are in power. The project is moving ahead but, as tends to happen with major projects, cost estimates are rising and […]

Jul 6th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

As the United Kingdom debates building a high speed rail line from London to Manchester and Leeds, there’s a lot of discussion there that will sound familiar to Californian ears. Critics argue that the costs are too high and that the money could be better spent on something else. Supporters, including the coalition government currently […]

May 9th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized